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New River Gorge region in W.Va. a classroom for Black History


FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — America's newest national park is also a classroom for Black History, says a spokesman for an adventure resort bordering the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

Observed each February in the U.S., Black History Month traces its roots to groundbreaking historian and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who long ago shoveled coal in what's now the park, says Roger Wilson, CEO of Adventures on the Gorge.

“Whenever I explore the ruins of the old coal mines or visit the noteworthy places where African Americans once lived and worked, I am inspired, knowing the challenges they faced and overcame here,” Wilson said.

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