"Black Diamonds: The Southern West Virginia Coal Story" Traveling Exhibit Available to Schools

October 30, 2002

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has developed a new exhibit illustrating West Virginia's early coal history. Designed to travel to schools around the state, "Black Diamonds: The Southern West Virginia Coal Story" helps students and other visitors understand the miner's life under ground in the earliest days of the industry.  

The exhibit, developed in partnership with the National Coal Heritage Area, is available to schools free of charge on a short-term loan basis. During the 2002-03 school year, the exhibit will be available only to the eleven southern West Virginia counties comprising the National Coal Heritage Area: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, and Wyoming.  

"Black Diamonds" is targeted for eighth-grade West Virginia history students; however, children of all ages will find different components of the exhibit engaging. For more information or to book the exhibit, visit the "Black Diamonds" web site at: http://www.wvculture.org/museum/blackdiamonds/  

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