African Americans featured in West Virginia photo exhibit

CHARLESTON (AP) — A new exhibit in Charleston is offering an expansive look at African Americans in West Virginia.

Through 51 photographs, the Culture Center exhibit captures black West Virginians as workers and artists and engaged in school, church and social activities. The images were drawn primarily from the first half of the 20th century and they were taken in communities across the state — from Charleston to Wheeling and places in-between.

They also feature the prominent and the pioneering, including Mildred Mitchell Bateman, the first African-American woman named to a high-ranking office in West Virginia.

The show, called “Fabric of Our Community: A Glimpse at African-American West Virginians,” has opened in commemoration of Black History Month. The images will remain on display through April 30.

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