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West Virginia Historic Photographs

Historic photographs of Charleston and Kanawha County and the James Randall Black History collection make up a major part of the library's photograph collection.

The Charleston and Kanawha County photographs include street scenes from various decades in the 20th century, bridges, river scenes, business and factories.

The James Randall Black History collection chronicles the people and places of Charleston's African-American history. The photographs feature the men and women of the area and bear witness to the churches, schools, stores and neighborhoods they built in the atmosphere of segregation.

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