Ms. Andrea Clark was recognized for her photographs of the East End/Valley Street neighborhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Since 1988, the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville & Buncombe County (HRC) has annually recognized those in the community who have kindled an appreciation of local history or historic resources. This year, HRC has bestowed the Sondley Award on Ms. Andrea Clark for her photographs of the Valley Street neighborhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Ms. Clark captured the residents as they lived, worked and gathered together before and during the upheaval of urban renewal that ultimately decimated her own family’s home and the roads, homes, and businesses of her neighbors.
Her lens recorded both an essential, vibrant community that helped shape Asheville, and the destruction of that community by city and state leaders of the era. She has documented a part of Asheville’s past that is important for all to see and remember.
We congratulate and thank Ms. Andrea Clark for her lifetime of documenting this important part of our collective story.