With 17 Stops In 4 Counties, West Virginia’s African American Heritage Tour Can Be Completed By Car Or Computer

What was it like to be black in West Virginia in the 19th and 20th centuries? The National Park Service asks and answers this question via an African American Heritage Tour through West Virginia’s New River Gorge region. Featuring 17 stops across four counties, the tour can be taken in person (by car) or virtually (by computer). Either way, it provides a fascinating, often sobering glimpse of West Virginia’s past that is well worth your time and attention.

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So charge up your device, download the audio snippets for each tour stop here (or get a free CD of them from the New River Gorge Visitors Center), and head out for a day of exploring (or a few hours of online perusing)! The tour is also available on the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve app.

Have you taken this tour before? What was your favorite stop? Another that we didn’t mention in this article is the Big Bend Tunnel, where American Legend John Henry Raced A Machine In A West Virginia Tunnel With His Last Breath, And Won.

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