“Stories from WV’s Civil Rights History” - FREE to WV Studies Teachers
The West Virginia Book Company of Charleston recently published Tom Rodd’s new book on “J.R. Clifford and the Carrie Williams Case,” with an additional story on the creation of West Virginia in the midst of the Civil War titled “A New Home for Liberty.”
A grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council allows us to distribute the books to schools at no cost.
In addition, the grant allowed us to hold a special event on October 30, 2015 at the West Virginia University Law School -- celebrating the life of Carrie Williams. Carrie Williams was an African American school teacher who taught in the Town of Coketon, at the head of the Blackwater Canyon. She and her lawyer J.R. Clifford challenged limited schooling for black children in Tucker County, and won in front of the West Virginia Supreme Court in 1898, setting a national precedent!! Her descendants attended the October celebration and received a citation in her honor.
This book is free to WV Studies teachers, who may obtain a copy by contacting Brandae Mullins at 304-345-7663 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read a review of the book, please click here.
To read about and view photos of the October 30th celebration, please click here.
To view a copy of the program from the October 30th celebration, please click here.
NEW! T-shirt Commemorating J.R Clifford - WV Civil Rights Pioneer
This all cotton t-shirt with sepia and maroon silk screen is available for the purchase price of $20.00 and includes shipping and handling. It is available in sizes from Small to XX-Large. You can order online by clicking here. To order via mail you can print an order form by clicking here.
West Virginia Civil Rights and History Poster Available
The poster, designed for classroom use and as a historic tourism publication, is titled The poster celebrates people of all colors – people like J.R. Clifford and the white abolitionist West Virginia state makers Gordon Battelle"A New Home for Liberty."and Granville Hall -- who fought 150 years ago to put a new, free star in "Old Glory.” For more information including how to get your poster click here.