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African American Wheeling


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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 
➤ Dunbar School in Triadelphia  

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
➤ Wheeling's 20th Man, broadcast on WWVA, February 9, 1936 
 

Photographs from our Archival Collections

African American History

 

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