Category: History


dafce346-37f2-4437-b2d5-8c7ea2675208-protests_night2_005(Asheville Citizen-Times) A Confederate monument memorializing Zebulon Baird Vance towers 65 feet over Park Square in downtown Asheville.

The Buncombe County native it honors was North Carolina’s governor during the Civil War, a slave owner and a documented racist. For years, people have debated whether a tribute to him should hold such a prominent place in Asheville. Several ideas have been floated, ranging from providing historic contextualization at the monument to outright removal.

In response to widespread demonstrations and calls for racial justice, Confederate monuments are once again coming down in the South — both toppled by crowds and removed by officials’ design — in places like in Birmingham, Alabama; and Richmond, Virginia.

Read the full story by Mackenzie Wicker HERE>

1611-600x896(Little Things Blog)  Have you ever been walking through the woods and noticed an oddly shaped tree? If you’re like me, chances are you probably didn’t give it any thought and simply continued on your way.

But once you learn about about Dennis Downes, I guarantee you’ll never look at trees the same way again!

For nearly 30 years, Dennis has been touring America’s countryside, searching for and documenting unique trees. He’s even built a special society around them!

But these trees, totally inconspicuous save for their strange shapes, have a very special place in America’s history — and serve a fascinating purpose! Over 100 years ago, these trees were purposefully bent, and their odd shapes communicate very important messages.

Read the full article by Cassandra Morris HERE>