West Virginia Department of Commerce Multi-Cultural Heritage

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Multi-Cultural Heritage



African-American History:
The African-American presence in West Virginia dates from the 1780s, when European exploring parties brought slaves to the Greenbrier and New River valleys. During the French and Indian Wars, blacks aided the army as it moved through the New River and Big Sandy valleys up toward the Ohio River and helped to stake claims for white settlers... Learn More...

Italian Heritage

In the early 1900s, coal mining companies in West Virginia recruited Italian immigrants to work in the mines. Others found work on railroads and farms, and many of them settled in Clarksburg, Harrison County... Learn More...

Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, WVNative-American Heritage
The Adena and Hopewell were the first recorded tribes to have constructed their homes and burial mounds in West Virginia. Mounds dot the West Virginia landscape, with the largest being the Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville. Grave Creek Mound is the largest Adena burial mound in the United States. Mounds date back to between 250 and 150 B.C. ... Learn More...

Celebrate Swiss Heritage in Helvetia, WVSwiss Heritage

Swiss and German settlers arrived in West Virginia in 1869 and founded the town of Helvetia high in the mountains of Randolph County. Due to the isolation of the area, the traditions of dance, music, food and holidays have survived through the generations... Learn More...