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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

West Virginia History Makers: Black Women's Activism in the Archives

Speakers: Dr. Tamara Bailey, West Virginia Wesleyan College & Dr. Sheena Harris, West Virginia University

Location: Kanawha City Community Center, 3511 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304

The public is cordially invited to attend “West Virginia History Makers: Black Women’s Activism in the Archives” on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kanawha City Community Center located at 3511 Venable Avenue, Charleston, West Virginia. For this educational program, Dr. Tamara Bailey and Dr. Sheena Harris will discuss the lives of Black women activists and educators from West Virginia and their use of women’s archives.  A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Dr. Bailey will present Memphis Tennessee Garrison's work in Cabell and Logan County through the NAACP, and the integrators, two Marion County girls who navigated the middle and high school experience of integration. Bailey is an Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Wesleyan Abroad at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Dr. Harris will focus on Fanny Smith Washington and Oliva Davidson Washington, the first and second wives of Booker T. Washington. Smith and Davidson were educators and institution builders in their own right. Harris is an Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Africana Studies Program at West Virginia University.

Each historian will talk about their experiences using women’s archives in their research. The session will also include information about the West Virginia Feminist Activist Collection at the WV & Regional History Center at WVU Libraries, an effort to document women’s lives through archives and oral histories. 

For more information, contact Lori Hostuttler at 304-293-1116 or

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The City of Charleston is providing additional support for this program. 

Portraits of Oliva Davidson Washington, Fanny Smith Washington and Memphis Tennessee Garrison

Previous Events:

March 19, 2021

"Don’t Throw it Out! A conversation about documenting women, and the new Feminist Activist Archives of West Virginia and Regional History Center" 

Presented by the Art in the Libraries Virtual Program Series as a Women’s History Month Presentation

Panelists: Judith Stitzel and Carroll Wilkinson

Moderated by Lori Hostuttler, Assistant Director and Curator, West Virginia & Regional History Center 

Introduction by Sally Brown, Exhibits Coordinator