African-Americans in WV

“African-American Heritage Trail” – WV Tourism

“African-Americans play a pivotal role in the culture and history of West Virginia. Rooted in servitude, their brave efforts would help tame wilderness, build industry and create the only state born of the Civil War.”

“The African-American presence in West Virginia dates from the 1780s, when European exploring parties brought slaves to the Greenbrier and New River valleys. During the French and Indian Wars, blacks aided the army as it moved through the New River and Big Sandy valleys up toward the Ohio River and helped to stake claims for white settlers. . . “

wv african american heritage trail

Explore WV Tourism’s “African-American Heritage Trail” Brochure – (2013) – pdf

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