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WELCOME to Marshall University Libraries' virtual exhibit of Camp Washington-Carver, located near Clifftop, Fayette County, West Virginia.

The camp was established in 1942 as a summer camp for African-American youth. Initially called the " West Virginia Negro 4-H Camp," its name was soon changed to "Camp Washington-Carver" in honor of two prominent black Americans:   Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver.

Originally administered by West Virginia State College, in 1978 the West Virginia Division of Culture and History received responsibility for the camp, which was rededicated in 1980. Since that time it has continued to serve as a mountain arts cultural center, as well as a general camp for various groups.

The exhibit focuses on the camp's early period through the eyes of those who either worked there or enjoyed its facilities as children.

The camp's story is presented through the use of still pictures, audio recordings, transcribed interviews, and moving pictures.

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