Throughout our history, the YWCA has been in the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations, labor union representation, and the empowerment of women.

In 2007, ten historical panels were created to give an overview of the YWCA’s 100+ years of social justice work in this community. The creation of the panels was made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. This project was a collaboration between the YWCA, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections at UNC-Asheville, and the YMI Cultural Center.

Click the links below for PDFs of each of the panels:

Introductory Panel
Where it All Began & How
Phyllis Wheatley Branch
South French Broad Avenue
E. Thelma Caldwell & The Boosters
Eliminating Racism at the YWCA
Eliminating Racism in Asheville
Empowering Women
Nurturing Children
Guiding Teens
Health & Wellness