West Virginia is a state that has a complicated history with race and civil rights, with people in many communities holding on to southern culture, still flying the Rebel flag that symbolizes segregation.

Despite the landmark Supreme Court decision (Brown vs. Board of Education) that outlawed segregation in public schools in 1954, the state held on to the old law, "White and colored persons shall not be taught in the same school," and it was not removed until 1994.

In 1994, 42 percent of West Virginia voters and 16 counties (Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Lincoln, Mason, Mingo, Monroe, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers and Tucker) voted to keep the clause in the state constitution...

Read more   West Virginia has a complicated history with race and civil rights   by David Gutman for the Charleston Gazette

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