When Boone and Appalachia are mentioned an image a certain look comes to mind and I would assume that people of color do not come to mind. When in fact African Americans have been living in this community just as long. The eraser of Black communities and knowledge around them is relevant to our communities and others near us. There has been a sort of invisibility around Black people in Boone.

There are around 1.3 million Black people living in Appalachia yet there is a stereotype of there being a lack of diversity. Although Black people are a minority living within a minority our presence should be known. While life in early Appalachia was hard for everyone, it was much harder on Black people. During times of slavery Black people worked here in mines or other jobs that weren’t agricultural. Some lived on plantations and some built log homes in Boone.

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