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Support the Dunbar Center

To the Editor,

The Dunbar Recreation Center (DRC), located at the corner of Weir Avenue and Kessel Streets in Weirton, is a vital part of our area’s history and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making all donations to its preservation fully tax deductible. Since its official opening on December 21, 1944, the DRC has served as the site of many speeches, dinners, and community meetings that have brought together people from eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. In the mid-1950s, it also served as a meeting place and practice area for high school sports teams, including Weir High.

Many famous speakers have taken the stage at the DRC, including Malvin Russell Goode (1908-1995), who spoke there in 1950. Goode was the first African American network news correspondent and, in 1962, reported from the UN on the Cuban Missile Crisis for ABC News. Another significant DRC speaker — among many others — was Dr. Milton S. J. Wright (1903-1972) who received his PhD in economics from the University of Heidelberg in 1932, met with Adolf Hitler the same year, and recounted this tense meeting in an article that appeared in the June 1950 issue of Ebony — one year before he spoke at the DRC. These are just two examples of the tremendous figures who have come to Weirton because of events held at the DRC.

In your end-of-the-year donations, please consider contributing to the care of this vital historical landmark, which is so much a part of our city’s rich history and cultural identity. Donations, made out to the Dunbar Recreation Center, can be sent to Earlean Jones, DRC Board President, at 300 Kessel Street Weirton, WV 26062.

We appreciate your support!

Earlean Jones

DRC Board President

Weirton

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