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College of Media professor's work featured by Google for Black History Month

WVU associate professor Joel Beeson helps a student examine and document the helmet of Monroe Cox, an African American WWI veteran.


A worldwide audience can view a West Virginia University researcher’s work on Appalachia’s African American history on his virtual exhibit “Soldiers of the Coalfields: The Hidden Stories of Black Appalachians in WWI,” one of 100 stories highlighted by the Google Cultural Institute in celebration of Black History Month.

Joel Beeson, an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media, created the online gallery that chronicles the stories of African Amercians who migrated to McDowell County in the early 1900s to work in the coal mines and then went on to serve in the U.S. military. The town of Kimball is home to one of the nation’s earliest World War I memorials honoring black soldiers.

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