Claxton Elementary Presents The Hidden History of Asheville
You may live in Asheville, but what do you know about our city’s history?
After conducting classroom research about Tempe Avery, Isaac Dickson, James Vester Miller and E.W. Pearson, our Claxton Elementary School 3rd Graders recently traded in their typical classroom for the streets of Asheville.
This Spring, they met with local historian/artist/musician/poet/activist DeWayne B-Love Barton to learn more about Asheville’s history. They had the chance to visit St. James AME, Stephens Lee School, The YMI Cultural Center and the Burton Street Peace Garden.
Then, students collaborated with Claxton’s specialist teachers to create commemorations in the artistic modality of their choosing.
And, on Thursday, April 11th, all their hard work and dedication to uncovering Asheville’s history came together, as our 3rd Graders presented their New Monuments Project!
From informative, entertaining videos and music to poetry and found object sculptures students worked hard to highlight often unrecognized yet immensely influential figures from our community.