Preserving the Riverside School

The Riverside African-American School in Elkins opened in 1906 as a simple one floor brick building. In 1925, a second floor was added. What makes this building highly significant is its history as the educational forum for the Black and Native American populations of Randolph County and surrounding areas for five decades.

PAWV added the historic school to the WV Endangered Properties List in 2010 because of deterioration. Since this listing, the Riverside School Association has purchased the building and made tremendous headway in stabilizing the building and working to create the multi-cultural heritage center.  The Association holds a special fundraiser, the Riverside Blues Fest, every July to raise money for the building preservation project.

To learn more about the history of the school, watch the special WBOY Channel 12 segment.


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