In anticipation of teaching a place-based creative nonfiction workshop in 2013, I walked the River Arts District taking photos of the land where Penland's Auction House and WNC livestock market sat abandoned, land that hosted the WNC Negro Agricultural Fair starting in the 1930s. Three days after I took these photos, arson took every building to the ground. Learn more about the people who grew up here and the history of West Asheville, NC.

Photo Credit:

Amanda Wray. 2013. Spagnola's mural at Penland Auction House. Current site for New Belgium Brewery.