Selected Achievements of African-American Authors of West Virginia
Including a site
commonly associated with the author.
Copyright 1999 Phyllis Wilson Moore, All Rights Reserved
|Martinsburg: Martin R. Delany, author
of Conditions...of the Colored People (1852) is appointed the
first Black Major of Civil War (1863).
Wheeling/Charleston: J. McHenry Jones publishes a Reconstruction-Era novel Hearts of Gold (1896). One of the issues he deals with is interracial marriage.
Malden: The great educator, Booker T. Washington publishes Up From Slavery (1901).
Huntington: Carter G. Woodson founds the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (1915). He earns the reputation as the Father of Black History.
Bramwell: Poet Anne Spencer's work appears in Harlem Renaissance anthologies (1920-1935) and her then current home in Lynchburg, Virginia is a gathering place for founders of the NAACP. Her home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Houses.
Keyser: John F. Matheus wins two Harlem Renaissance Era "Crisis" Short Story Contests (1925,1926). One of the stories "Fog" is set in an Ohio River town..
Clarksburg: William Demby describes black-white relationships in Clarksburg, West Virginia in his groundbreaking novel Beetlecreek (1950).
Martinsburg: Martin R. Delany's slavery protest novel, Blake, or the Huts of America, serialized in 1861-1862, is reprinted (1970).
Charleston/Fairmont: The West Virginia Black Cultural Festival honors nationally recognized playwright Ann Kathryn Flagg (1984).
Ansted/Morgantown: Poets Brucella and Norman Jordan establish the "African-American Heritage Family Tree Museum" in an original coal-camp house in Ansted; a section is devoted to the African-American literature of West Virginia (1991).
Martinsburg: Walter Dean Myers wins the Coretta Scott King Award for Now is Your Time: the African American Struggle for Freedom. One of the chapters tells of his ancestors' slavery in the Martinsburg area (1992).
Piedmont: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Charleston Gazette's "West Virginian of the Year" and receives numerous awards for his memoir Colored People (1994).
Charleston: Noted scholar Ancella Radford Bickley publishes Our Mount Vernons to identify sites significant to West Virginia Black history (1997).
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