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 ▶  WHEELING HISTORY   ▶  PEOPLE   ▶   ETHNICITIES OF WHEELING

▼ AFRICAN AMERICAN WHEELING

Slavery:  

▼ Slavery
   ▶ The Underground Railroad in 1849 
   ▶ Lucy Bagby: Last person returned to slavery under the Fugitive Slave Act, 1860
▶ Emancipation Day Celebrations
   ▶ Emancipation Day, 1867 
   ▶ Emancipation Day, 1891 
   ▶ Emancipation Day, 1896 
   ▶ Emancipation Day, 1909 
 

Schools:  

▶ Lincoln School 
▶ James McHenry Jones: Early Lincoln School Principal 
 

Public Service:  

▶ William Burris: Former president of the American Postal Workers Union
▶ Ann Thomas: Nurse for Ohio County Schools
▶ Clyde Thomas: Wheeling's first black City Council member 
▶ William "Bill" Turner: Wheeling's first black policeman 
▶  "Doc" White: Mentor, benefactor, and friend of the community
 

Military Service:  

▶ Campbell Guards, Formation in 1880
 

Organizations:  

▶ Atkinson Club
   ▶ Atkinson Club formed, 1888
▶ Beau Brummel Organization
▶ Blue Triangle Branch of the YWCA
▶ Grand United Order of Odd Fellows
  ▶ Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Celebration, 1887  
  ▶ Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Programme, 1896  
  ▶ Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Meets, 1912  
▶ Knights of Pythias
  ▶ African-American Knights of Pythias Group Erects New Building, 1928 
  ▶ Pythian Building

Entertainers:  

▶ Chu Berry: Jazz Tenor Sax Player 
 

Race Relations: 

▶ Beech Bottom Race Riot, 1921 

News: 

▶ Notes in the Baltimore Afro-American, 1926-1947
▶ Pastors Resign From All African American Churches in Wheeling, 1926
 

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African American History

 

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