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The Kanawha County community of Malden, originally called Terra Salis and later known as Kanawha Salines, was the center of an extensive salt industry from roughly 1800 until the Civil War. Today, the little town is best known as the boyhood home of Booker T. Washington, who rose from slavery to become one of the nation’s great leaders. Malden is home to the African Zion Baptist Church, founded in 1852, where Washington taught Sunday School. A replica of his boyhood cabin has been erected near the church.

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