West Virginia University Seeking Copies of Lost African American Newspapers

The West Virginia and Regional History Center at West Virginia University is seeking copies of three African American newspapers that were published in Huntington, West Virginia, in the early twentieth century. Newspapers are The Breeze, The Huntington Enterprise, and The West Virginia Spokesman.

Stewart Plein, the curator of the West Virginia & Regional History Center, said that “although I have found references to all of these newspapers in my historical research, I have yet to locate even a single surviving issue in any library.”

The West Virginia & Regional History Center received a $266,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities in 2011 and two additional grants to digitize newspapers published in the West Virginia between 1836 to 1922. The university would like to include these newspapers in their digital archive but has been unable to obtain copies of the publications.

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