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Booker T. Washington's Boyhood Home
An educated African-American leader, whose influence stretched from three US presidents to across the United States, made his boyhood home in Malden, West Virginia.
Booker T. Washington's Influence on West Virginia State University
The second Morrill Act of 1890 dictated that the governor and legislative body of West Virginia establish such a school in their state. A site was chosen in Institute, which was then known as Piney Grove. From there Booker T. Washington's influence on the fledgling school began.

WVSU Freedom Station on the National Underground Railroad
West Virginia State University (then College) officially became a host institution for a Freedom Station on the National Underground Railroad program in September 2003. As a Freedom Station, WVSU's mission is to educate the public about the global context of slavery and the historic struggle in West Virginia to abolish human enslavement, secure freedom and equal rights for people of all cultures, and promote dialogue in the ongoing struggle.
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