On August 6, 2019 The West Virginia Power, a Minor League Baseball team located in Charleston, West Virginia, in conjunction with Multifest – Charleston’s 30-year celebration of diversity and multicultural music, art and food hosted the first-ever African American Heritage Night at the Power Park, home field of the West Virginia Power.
The event was free to the public and featured a talent showcase of young performers from within the community, a pregame concert headlined by rising Hip Hop/R&B stars Gabby & Madi, a celebration of community All-Stars, including Multifest President/former Charleston Police Chief Dallas Staples and recognition of the community’s strong African American heritage with a video presentation sponsored by Element Federal Credit Union.
The video features footage from the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary, “Extra Innings, Coalfield Baseball” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDRyE…
Photos from Argenta Images and The Library Of Congress
Voice over and narrative by Crystal Good, www.crystalgood.net
Video production by Jon Gripe
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This video is but an entry into the rich history.
Resources: Ball, Bat, Bitumen by L.M. Sutter http://kanawhalibrary.org/calendar/medexpress-teddy-bear-clinic/.
Coalfield Baseball by Paul Nyden .
The Stubby Currence Project https://stubbycurrence.com/