Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

The building that once housed the only primary school for blacks in Pennington Gap, Virginia, is now the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center. Besides preserving Appalachian black history, it hosts an annual Race Unity Day, houses a library of black literature, and sponsors workshops on racism, where individuals of all backgrounds can discuss racial issues in a public forum.

Preserving the life stories, history, heritage, culture and events of African Americans in far Southwest Virginia is the mission of the Cultural Center. An excellent example of a one room school house with one teacher coordinating multiple grades, the Cultural Center offers a glimpse of rural education and the culture of the past.

Oral history presentation available by appointment only.


230 North Leona Street, Pennington Gap, VA 24277


(276) 546-5144

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