Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

Visitors in the Center
Historic Pennington Gap Marker
230 N. Leona St.
Pennington Gap, VA 24277
Region Heart Of Appalachia
Locality Lee
Phone: (276) 546-5144

The building that once housed the only primary school for blacks in Pennington Gap, Lee County, Virginia, is now the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center. Besides preserving Appalachian black history, it hosts an annual Race Unity Day, houses a library of black literature, and sponsors workshops on racism where blacks and whites can discuss racial issues in a public forum.

Preserving the life stories, history, heritage, culture and events of African Americans in far Southwest Virginia is the mission of the Cultural Center. An excellent example of a one room school house with one teacher coordinating multiple grades, the Cultural Center offers a glimpse of rural education and the culture of the past. 

Oral history presentation available by appointment only.

Admission Fee: Varies depending upon event

Last Updated: 12/15/2014 10:14 AM
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