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African-American Heritage


1865

Ratification of 13th Amendment by West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1865

Dec 26, 1872

Blacks began forming groups in response to inequality.

Other events that happened on or around December 26, 1872

Nov 05, 1918

Three black men were elected to the state legislature.

1919

White mob lynched two black miners at Chapmanville

Other events that happened on or around 1919

1920

Women received the right to vote

Other events that happened on or around 1920

1922

A black man, Leroy Williams, was hung for the rape of a woman when evidence showed otherwise.

Other events that happened on or around 1922

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

1980

Blacks made up less than 3% of coal miners

Other events that happened on or around 1980

1988

First Annual Conference on West Virginia's Black History hosted by First Baptist Church of Charleston

Other events that happened on or around 1988


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