Exhibit offers valuable insight

It is important to learn about, and remember, our history and when we have an opportunity to do so, we should take it.

On Saturday, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center unveiled its latest exhibit, dedicated to the history of Dunbar High School.

Named in honor of poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Dunbar Grade School opened in 1917, with Dunbar High School opening in 1932. During their histories, the schools were where Weirton’s black students went for their education.

With a rich history and proud tradition, the schools should be remembered, and we are glad to see this exhibit open and available for the public to see.

We thank Museum President Dennis Jones, as well as Bob Kelley, Kim Salter, Corliss Brown and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it possible. We encourage our area residents to take some time to visit the museum and see it.

The display, which features photographs and other memorabilia from the schools’ history, will be prominently displayed at the Weirton museum for the remainder of the month of February.

The exhibit will remain at the museum, however, for the foreseeable future, so it can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors.

Our history deserves to be preserved for future generations, no matter the ethnicity, religion, industry or timeframe.

We are glad to have so many individuals and organizations in our area working to make certain a record of that history is available for residents to see and from which to learn.