Governor receives “Moments in Black History” artwork

Staff Report

February 18, 2014

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has received a collection of artwork celebrating “Moments in Black History” from Anthony Kinzer, president and CEO of the West Virginia Center for African American Arts & Culture, as part of Black History Month.

“It is an honor to accept this collection of artwork from Anthony and the West Virginia Center for African-American Arts & Culture as we celebrate Black History Month,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I encourage visitors to the State Capitol Complex to stop by the Reception Room and the Culture Center to see the collection in person.”

Earlier this year, Kinzer spoke with Dr. Carolyn Stuart, executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, about displaying the artwork at the Capitol Complex during Black History Month. Instead of selling the collection, the West Virginia Center for African American Arts & Culture granted Kinzer permission to donate the collection to the State.

“We are very grateful to be able to partner with the state of West Virginia to display such incredible moments in African American history,” said Kinzer. “The West Virginia Center for African American Arts & Culture has decided to donate them for the purpose of display and education.”

The collection will be on display in the Governor’s Reception Room and in the Great Hall of the Culture Center until March 1, 2014.