History Center Affiliates Program: Ohio County Public Library


On February 9, 1936, Harry H. Jones, Wheeling, West Virginia’s only practicing African American lawyer at the time, delivered an address over WWVA radio titled, “Wheeling’s Twentieth Man.” In his address Jones pointed out: "About one out of every twenty persons living in Wheeling is of African descent. This twentieth man is not a new comer nor an alien, for his ancestors were settled by force in Virginia one year before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock…. Justice and candor require attention to the handicaps suffered by Wheeling’s twentieth man…. The three pressing major injustices endured by our local colored people have to do with school facilities, jobs and recreation."

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