YMI Cultural Center
The YMI Cultural Center is the oldest African-American cultural institution in the country.
Built in 1892, the Young Man’s Institute (YMI) quickly became the center of cultural, commercial, and religious life for local African-Americans. Over the course of the next century it housed a kindergarten, gymnasium, public library, corner drugstore, funeral parlor, and a doctor’s office. The YMI Cultural Center even offered a place of worship for congregations without a church. The YMI Cultural Center building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The YMI Cultural Center sponsors many cultural exhibits and events including the Asheville Goombay Festival in September.