Time Capsule Illuminates Asheville’s Black HistoryBy
Striking find find in the time capsule recovered from Pack Square’s Vance Monument:
The Colored Enterprise, a newspaper representing about a third of Asheville’s population in its day, lay concealed in a box at the base of the Vance Monument for more than a century.
It was put there secretly by Masons in 1897, when the monument was dedicated, and recently discovered during restoration efforts.
The time capsule contained the only known copy of The Colored Enterprise. Although scholars such as Dr. Darin Waters, a professor of history at UNC Asheville, have found references to it during their research, they’ve never actually seen a copy.