Community leaders gathered Sunday to support the Huntington African American Museum, designed to both honor the past and plan for the future.
“Welcome to the site of the next major cultural institution in Huntington,” attorney Barry Lites told the crowd, to applause.
The fundraiser was held on the grounds of the eventual home of the museum on Mill Dam Road in Huntington. Wines and food were contributed by local businesses.
Irene Moore, the chair of the African American Historic Designation Council, and Lites have been leading many aspects of the project. He and Moore say they are eager to tell the history of African Americans in Huntington, which dates to the earliest days after the founding of the town.