Historic Black Church In Quinnimont, West Virginia, Stripped of Antique Furnishings

Photo: National Park Service
Photo: National Park Service

The National Park Service is asking for anyone with information about the stripping of antique furnishings from a historic African American church within the New River Gorge National River to contact the park.

The old church in Quinnimont, Fayette County, sits along W.Va. 41.

Quinnimont is one of the first coal mining towns of New River Gorge. The church was constructed around 1900 to serve Quinnimont’s growing African American community during a time of segregation.

“This church is more than just a piece of our history,” said Superintendent Trish Kicklighter. “It also represents the future preservation of an important story. Local volunteers have donated dozens of hours to participate in a clean-up day, oral history interviews and other projects to get the church and surrounding area ready to be featured as a premier stop along a new African American Heritage driving tour that the NPS and several community partner organizations are developing this year.

“These items are irreplaceable and we are reaching out to the community to assist us in finding the person or people responsible for this crime and to have the furnishings returned.”

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SOURCE: The Register Herald
Sarah Plummer