West Virginia State University
In 1891, the state legislature authorized the creation of West Virginia State College, the second institution of higher education for African Americans in West Virginia. In 1939, the college became the first to offer a Civilian Pilot Training Program that open to African Americans. Carter G. Woodson served as a dean at the college in the 1920s. Woodson is often credited as "the Father of Black History" for his role in creating scholarly organizations, journals, and traditions such as Black History Month.