African American Heritage Auto Tour

campers in front of a lodge
Campers at Camp Washington Carver, the first African American 4 H camp in the United States.
Black and white photo of three African America men dressed in coal miners helmets with lamps and long sleeve button down shirts
African American coal miners at New River Gorge.
The African American Heritage Tour was developed by New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and its partners as a smart phone app to uncover and tell the stories of the many black coal miners, railroad workers, and other community members that helped shape this region. This self-guided auto tour takes the user to seventeen historic sites in Summers, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties to learn about the history and experiences of the regions African Americans. The project was made possible through a partnership with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, The National Coal Heritage Area, the WV Humanities Council, The African American Heritage Family Tree Museum, DuBois on Main Museum, West Virginia State University, and Visit Southern West Virginia.

This tour is available through the NPS app for New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Go to New River Gorge National Park and Preserve on the app and select "self guided tours." Download the NPS app here: The NPS App - Digital (U.S. National Park Service)

Or stop by the visitor center and pick up a free CD version.
Take the tour by clicking on any of the tour stops below:

Last updated: September 19, 2022

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