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CLARKSBURG -

The 23rd Annual West Virginia Black Heritage Festival was held September 6-8 in Clarksburg.

The event was held in front of the Kelly Miller School, which was an all black school between the years of 1919 and 1956. The streets of E.B. Saunders Way were lined with vendors, entertainers, and visitors from across the state of West Virginia and beyond.  

The name of the street was also symbolic and important to those in attendance, because the street was named after E.B. Saunders, the principal of the Kelly Miller School from 1919 to 1956. 

Organizers of the event said nearly 6,000 people attended the festival on Saturday.  

"We say that one of our things, we have the most diverse festival in north central West Virginia. If you come down to our festival, it is very diverse. We have every walk of life here, and we are very proud of that fact," said James Griffin, Chairman of the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival Board of Directors.

The event was started in 1990 and now attracts nearly 50 vendors every year.  

The festival's mission is to "promote the African-American experience while addressing the many milestones that our forefathers have made since the Emancipation Proclamation."

A youth block party was held on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.