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Vance task force creates list of figures, events they'd like honored at Pack Square

Vance task force creates list of figures, events they'd like honored at Pack Square
Members of the Vance Monument Task Force on Thursday reviewed a list of African-American figures and events they would like the city to honor in Pack Square. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Members of the Vance Monument Task Force held their final meeting Thursday.

In November, the task force voted to recommend removal of Vance Monument from downtown. On Thursday, the group reviewed its list of African-American figures and events they would like the city to honor in Pack Square. The task force would also like to honor Native American history.

Vance Monument Task Force final report:

"We recognize the history of what we now call the footprint of Pack Square, including the times before human occupation and into the presence of indigenous people who are the ancestors of the contemporary Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians," task force co-chair Deborah Miles said.

Names on the list include past Asheville City Council members, artists and members of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality, which was started in 1959 as a group of students mostly from Stephens Lee High School working to desegregate Buncombe County.

The task force will finalize the list on Feb. 12 to send to city council. Click here to see the list.

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