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African-American Education


1862

The first school for black children, Sumner School, opened in Parkersburg.

Other events that happened on or around 1862

1863

The first West Virginia legislature proposed to educate "free colored children," the proposal was left unfunded.

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1865

Storer College in Harpers Ferry, begun by the Freewill Baptist Church, to educate black teachers

Other events that happened on or around 1865

1868

Schools for black children were being built in 18 communities in West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1868

Dec 26, 1872

West Virginia's new constitution continued the education of black children in segregation

Other events that happened on or around December 26, 1872

1881

West Virginia contracted with Storer College in educating African-American teachers

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1885

Sumner School in Parkersburg added high school courses to its curriculum for black students.

Other events that happened on or around 1885

Mar 17, 1891

The West Virginia Colored Institute (now West Virginia State University) was founded by legislature

Feb 21, 1895

Legislature established Bluefield Colored Institute (Bluefield State College) to train black teachers

1919

The position of State Supervisor of Negro Schools and an appointed Negro Board of Education were created by the state

Other events that happened on or around 1919

1924

Elementary school and junior high schools numbered 453 for African-American students and teachers

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1933

The appointment of assistant superintendents of Negro education in counties having 50 or more black teachers.

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1950

More than 19,000 black youth, grades 1-12, were provided education by the West Virginia public school system

Other events that happened on or around 1950

1954

West Virginia began dismantling system of black education after the desegregation ruling by Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education

Other events that happened on or around 1954

1956

The end of private education at Storer College in Harpers Ferry

Other events that happened on or around 1956


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