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Tracing the Struggle For Racial Equality

Mattox tells of Ohio Valley’s slavery history

January 25, 2013

John Mattox firmly believes that to have any idea where you’re going, you must understand where you’ve been. It was that conviction that led Mattox, whose great-grandmother was a slave in Raleigh, N....

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Jan-25-13 4:09 AM

I'd make a comment but the newspaper will CENSOR it anyway. It's fine for them to exercise free speech but don't let anyone else do it!!!

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Jan-25-13 10:01 AM

God Bless this man and all who have fought for equal rights. We do need to know where we have been to know where we are going, and where we want to go. We should all remember that everyday, even if it is for but a short moment.

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Jan-25-13 2:41 PM

Bossman DITTO! DITTO! Tell it as it is.

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Jan-26-13 7:33 AM

this president has made all of us equal[ha].the welfare people[all]are doing better than the working group.the prisons are all a joke these days[nothin' but free room and board].there is no inequality[except toward the working group] anymore.i don't see it.we'll all be considered hispanic before this guy gets out of office.the working group will be the only people in this country to be discriminated against.we pay for everybody[the lowdown politicians,welfare recipients and prisoners] whether we like them or not.we are forced to pay for them.color doesn't matter.them days are over.

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Jan-26-13 3:42 PM

Bossman011, double ditto.

MLK had a DREAM.

BHO has a SCHEME to bankrupt the country and IF you disagree, PLAY THE RACE CARD.

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Jan-26-13 9:42 PM

Mr Mattox should point out that Wheeling- in 1866- developed one of the first elementary schools for black children in the USA:The Lincoln School.It wasat first in a house at the top of 12th Street.It was organized by Dr.John C.Hupp M.D,61 14th Stree, as President of the School Board and early "Supervisor" of WV statehood.An exquisite gold top walking stick- given to him for this effort by "the colored citizens of Wheeling"-is on display at WV Independence Hall.

Wheeling ,as WV Capital, was extremely progressive in terms of equality for minorities,religious minorites and women rights for that era.This-especially public education for all-in turn led to the rise of the City as an industrial power by the turn of the century.Wheeling was then-after the Civil War- a place of great opportunity for all.

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