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What began as a meeting in the spring of 1990 by the Kelly Miller Alumni Association to discuss fund-raising ideas has evolved into what is known today as the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival. The first celebrations held by the African-American community in Clarksburg were commemorations of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. Appropriately called an “Emancipation Proclamation Celebration,” the first official event was held on September 22, 1990 on E.B. Saunders Way (formerly known as Water Street) in Clarksburg, WV with city officials in attendance for the reading of the Proclamation.

We will be engaging the crowd with open-air evangelism and tract distribution.