The 28th annual West Virginia Black Heritage Festival kicks off in downtown Clarksburg this weekend. The block party for kids started Friday, September 7 at 6 p.m. in Jackson’s Square and offered free health screenings and other giveaways.
The opening ceremony is Saturday at noon, followed by live entertainment throughout the day.
Organizers said Clarksburg celebrates many festivals throughout the year and all the festivals help bring culture and celebrate heritage.
“We’ve had the Irish festival, we’ve had the Italian festival, we’ve had the Greek festival and now we have the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival. It shows the diversity we have right here in north central West Virginia,” said James Griffin, chairman of board of directors.
There is a community church service on Sunday in downtown Clarksburg with the festival wrapping later in the day.