Bill Turner has deep roots in Far Southwest Virginia.  His paternal great grandmother was born in Lee County in 1874, maternal grandmother born (1896) in Farmville, and raised in Virginia City; his father - a 50 year coal miner, starting out in Tom's Creek, Virginia - was born (1917) and raised in Coeburn, VA.  This video is shaped around Turner's upbringing in Harlan County,  KY. Turner holds a doctoral degree in race and ethnic relations from Notre Dame University

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Photo Essay - African Americans in Appalachia

Eastern Kentucky Social Club - Full Film

May 3, 2020


A conversation featuring Bill Turner and bell hooks, reknown feminist author and Professor at Berea College.


Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park

PBS and Black in Appalachia are working to highlight the history of African-Americans in the development of our region and its culture. Through research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition, this project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of the Black communities of the Mountain South. This project is a community service for Appalachian residents and families with roots in the region.
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ATCB Alumni Association 

The organization's mission is to keep the ideals and goals of the former Appalachia Training School, Central High and James Bland schools.

*These links to resources about Black people in Appalachia have been provided for informational purposes only.


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Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

230 N. Leona St.
Pennington Gap, VA 24277

T: 276-546-5144


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