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#3 – Malden, West Virginia

By admin | September 28, 2009

This is a very small hamlet a few miles from downtown Charleston, West Virginia and is notable for the birthplace of Booker T. Washington. The best way to get there is to get back on the highway I-64 if you are in downtown Charleston and go east and get off exit 96 and then follow the signs.

Once you are in Malden, look for the FastChek convenience store. The African Zion Methodist church is right next door and the slave cabin that Washington was born in is immediately behind it in a tiny backyard. If you blink twice while driving down the road in front of the church you could miss it.

I was there about 5PM on a Thursday afternoon and the gate to the back church yard where the slave cabin is was locked and there was no office or attendant that I could find. So, I took a picture of the church and peered through the weathered boards to get a glimpse of the cabin and then left.

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