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Wheeling's African American Heritage

Wheeling's African American Heritage



Slaves escape to Ohio in 1849Lucy Bagby, also known as Lucinda Johnson, last person to be returned to slavery under Fugitive Slave Act, 1861Area's African Americans celebrate Emancipation Day, 1867The Campbell Guards, a militia company, is organized, 1880Grand United Order of Odd Fellows celebrates in 1887Lincoln School (numerous pages and pictures)Emancipation Day, 1891 and more on the eventAtkinson club formed by African American Republicans in Wheeling, 1888 (Supporting George Atkinson)Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Meets, 18961889 Sketch of educator J. McHenry Jones in the Cleveland Gazette.Hearts of Gold, by J. McHenry Jones, a novel of African-American life written and published in Wheeling in 1896Emancipation Day, 1896; James Lynch is featured speakerSpeech by J. McHenry Jones seconding nomination of George Atkinson for governor, 1896.J. McHenry Jones returns from 1897 Odd Fellows convention in EnglandEmancipation Day, 19091912 Annual Thanksgiving Meeting of GUOOFRace riot in Beech Bottom, WV, 1921William 'Bill' Turner, Wheeling's first African American policemanAll of Wheeling's African American pastors resign within a year, 1926Knights of Pythias construct building, 1928Pythian Building in 2010Pythian Building in 2010Pythian Building in 2010Pythian Building in 2010Pythian Building CornerstoneSociety notes and other Wheeling items in the Baltimore Afro American, 1926-1946Chu Berry, 1908-1941, tenor sax great -- Cover of a Chu Berry music bookChu Berry's obituary in the Baltimore Afro-AmericanJames S. White, community leaderMen of the Beau Brummel Organization, 1958Beau Brummel Ladies, ca. 1960

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