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Cultural center in town showcasing local history and heritage

In 2019, The Appalachian African-American Cultural Center was listed on Virginia’s 400 Years of History Trail as an institution dedicated to the documentation and historical preservation of the experiences of Black people in Southwest Virginia and the wider Appalachian region.  The  Center is a rich archive of photographs, artifacts, and other items of cultural significance and historical interest. Located at 230 N. Leona St. in Pennington, Gap, within a historic one-room schoolhouse that  served as Lee County’s only primary school for African American children from 1940 until 1965, the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center was founded in 1987. Find out more about the center and it’s wealth of information, pictures and local history by visiting Visitors are welcome to make an appointment through their website by pressing the “contact us” link.