"Since the opening of the Mary C. Jenkins Community & Cultural Center, it has served as a gathering place for various community members to celebrate special moments in their lives. The center's overarching mission is to foster collaboration with local leaders and organizations, working toward the betterment of both the City of Brevard and Transylvania County. In the context of this mission, we understand that local African American history is not confined to the pages of a book. Instead, it forms the heartbeat of our community, encompassing narratives of resilience, triumph, and the enduring spirit that has profoundly shaped our shared heritage." - Tyree Griffin, the director of the Mary C. Jenkins Community and Cultural Center.
One year after its opening, the community center has become a hub of activity for the city. The walls of the community center are filled with displays that showcase the history of Brevard’s African American residents. And who is responsible for chronicling this rich history? None other than Edith Darity.
“I’ve tried to preserve as many pictures of things, activities, and people as long as I could,” says Edith. “Somebody needs to tell the story.”