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YMI Cultural Center [NC]

The YMI Cultural Center presents African American culture and history. The center is located within the 1892 Tudor-style Young Men's Institute, constructed at the request of James Vanderbilt for the African American men who had built Vanderbilt's Biltmore House. The building held a drugstore, doctor's office, public library, funeral parlor, gym, kindergarten, and church services for the local African American population. Permanent exhibits showcase the history of the Vanderbilts and the YMI Cultural Center, as well as the drawings of artist Charles W. White, a noted Social Realist.

The center offers exhibts; a traveling exhibit of stamps depicting African Americans of historical note; and art workshops. The traveling exhibit is available to area schools. The website offers a virtual exhibit, An Unmarked Trail: Stories of African Americans in Buncombe County from 1850-1900.