Black Meetings and Tourism

May / June 2016

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WEST VIRGINIA Among the best places to enjoy the views of West Virginia's pictur- esque landscape are the Bluestone National Scenic River in the southern part of the state, the Gauley River National Recreation Area in the south- central area and the Midland Trail National Scenic Highway near Charleston. The Mountain State is world-famous for its crafts, and one of the state's top art events is Charleston's Capitol City Arts & Crafts Show in November. The Fenton Art Glass factory near Charleston is open for tours. For a closer view of the area's African-American culture and history, you can visit the Mattie V. Lee Home, the residence of the first Black female physician in the state; the Samuel Starks House, home of the nation's first Black state librarian; the Black Culture and African Heritage Center at Heritage Towers; and the Booker T. Washington Memorial in nearby Malden. For entertainment, consider heading over to the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Crosslanes. If the history, the culture and the landscape of the South sound intriguing enough to start planning a trip in that direction, you can get more information and ideas through the state tourism offices listed with this article. Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel (800) ALABAMA Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (800) NATURAL Visit Florida/Florida Tourism and Marketing Corp. (888) 7-FLAUSA Georgia Department of Economic Development (800) 847-4842 Kentucky Department of Tourism (800) 225-8747 Louisiana Office of Tourism (800) 677-4082 Mississippi Division of Tourism Development (866) SEE MISS North Carolina Division of Tourism (800) VISIT NC South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreatior & Tourism (888) SC SMILE Tennessee Department of Tourism Development (800) GO2TENN Virginia Tourism Corp. (800) VISITVA West Virginia Division of Tourism (800) CALL-WVA View over historical civil war town of Harpers Ferry, a national park owned town, by the confluence of the potomac and shenandoah rivers. Photo Credit: Steven Heap G E T T I N G I N T O U C H 37 B M & T ••• May/June 2016 •••

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