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Fab Friday - "YMI (Young Men's Institute) - 128 Years and Counting" with Tonia Plummet
The YMI (Young Men’s Institute) was founded in 1892 with a loan from George Vanderbilt. When it opened in 1893 the building hosted a gym, swimming pool, funeral parlor, meeting rooms, doctor’s office and drug store.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the YMI fell into disrepair and the city of Asheville condemned the building. There were plans to tear it down but thanks to the help of the community, YMI began its repair. It is now on the National Registry as a historic site. Mrs. Tonia Plummer, Executive Assistant and Operations Management of the YMI Cultural Center will give a presentation on the exciting history of this downtown treasure and the efforts to remodel and upgrade the existing building for future generations to enjoy.

Tonia Donay Bryson Plummer was born and raised in Old Fort, North Carolina. After high school, she left the state and moved to Virginia.

Mrs. Plummer received a degree in Radiology Science in 1976. She relocated to Savannah Georgia in 1977 and worked in the field of Radiology for 38 years, retiring in 2014. She then moved to North Carolina to be a caregiver for her mother. In 2015 Mrs. Plummer started working for the YMI Cultural Center on a part-time basis. Her current position is Executive Assistant and Operations Manager for the YMI Cultural Center.

May 7, 2021 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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