Heritage Towers Museum allows visitors to explore West Virginia's unique African American heritage. Located in downtown Charleston, it’s the ideal place to learn, and experience culture. It is more than a museum, it’s a place of discovery.
The Heritage Towers Museum, opened in 2005, to bring life to
African American culture. It derives from the roots of African Heritage and expresses the most important components for African
Americans in West Virginia. The museum is an exhibit that brings African American culture to life. A 3-D textbook that helps West Virginians grasp the rich and exciting diversity
ranging from life in West Africa to the heart of West Virginia, the coal
Some of the intriguing displays are of the heart-wrenching
slave auctions and the famous Underground Railroad. There is even a timeline of
the civil rights movement that displays events starting in 1950 and ending in
the 1990s. The best part of the museum is that it caters to all races and all
ages. The displays are strategically placed and created so that they develop a
beautiful depth to them, but they are so beautiful and elegant that they
capture the eye of even the younger children. It is a gallery that speaks to the
souls of African American culture and yet somehow captures the beauty out of
the pain of slavery.
There are multiple galleries. The first gallery (A) is about African culture and the craftsmanship of African Kingdoms. Exhibit B
is the Village Life, which contributes replicas of Africa village life with
things like handmade utensils. Exhibit C and D are dedicated to the Middle
Passage and Lost At Sea and they tell the story of the slave trades. Exhibit E
is called Slave life and it gives insight on what it was truly like to be a
slave, from the houses to auctions. Exhibit F, G, and H are all exemplifying
Civil Rights and the beginning of the timeline towards freedom. The last
gallery shows visitor how the events have contributed to the lives and families
of African Americans in Charleston today.