On February 22nd, historical organizations from across the state gathered in the capitol building in Charleston to celebrate West Virginia’s rich history. Although there were many unique signs and artifacts on display, the history gathering was partly overshadowed by the first day of the teacher’s strike. With all 55 counties represented, the strike was historic in its own right, and the capitol rang with their chants. Some teachers even took time out from protesting to stop by Friends of Blackwater’s table. There, they got information on Tucker County railroad history, and African American history, as exemplified by the early civil rights work of J.R. Clifford.
Friends of Blackwater celebrates the rich history of the Blackwater Canyon area through educational materials, interpretive signs, guided tours, and more.