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Our exhibits are reflections of time providing vital historical perspectives of African American history in the mountain state. The museum exhibits takes you thru a timeline originating from the Kingdoms of Africa to the Appalachian coal country of West Virginia.

Visitors to the museum learn about events, significant accomplishments, and contributions made by black people from West Virginia to the United States of America and the world at large.  The Center is committed to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve  by sponsoring educational endeavors to open avenues for  international understanding and promote community events to celebrate cultural diversity.

Black Coal Miners

African Americans have been mining coal and fighting bosses for over 200 years. Slaves were working in coal mines around Richmond, Va. as early as 1760. During the Civil War, a thousand slaves dug coal for 22 companies in the “Richmond Basin.”

Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Movement or 1960s Civil Rights Movement (also referred to as the African-American Civil Rights Movement although the term “African American” was not widely used in the 1950s and 1960s) encompasses social movements in the United States whose goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans and to secure legal recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and federal law.

Middle Passage

African slaves were then traded for raw materials, which were returned to Europe to complete the “Triangular Trade”. The Middle Passage was the stage of the triangular trade in which millions of Africans were shipped to the New World as part of the Atlantic slave trade.

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