Mitigation Proposed for Consent to Demolish Black Orphanage

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – The Cabell County Board of Education has proposed various forms of mitigation to compensate for allowing demolition of the West Virginia Colored Orphan’s Home. The facility listed on the National Register of Historic Places rests on space at the former University Heights  where the Cabell board wants to build a consolidated middle school.

Under the draft proposals, the board will erect a memorial and interpretive sign outside the new school, create a permanent exhibit commemorating the orphanage within the new school, add the history of the orphanage to the Eighth Grade WV Studies curriculum, create an on line digital text book, and implement a historical survey of past African American historic sites in Huntington.

Prior to demolition, the school board would “document photographically” that which is historically significant including photos of the interior, exterior and a floor plan.

Public comments on the draft proposals are due February 14, 2011 , according to a letter from Lexington, Ky. based consultant, Cultural Resource Analysts. They can be emailed to Dr. Karen E. Hudson, kehudson@crai-ky.com .


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