There is no official designation nor community celebration of Black History Month in Botetourt County.

The Botetourt County Historical Society Museum in Fincastle has an on-going display about some of the county’s African American history, and county libraries have had displays during February to recognize Black History Month.

Historian Judy Barnett has been instrumental in those displays, and thought it was appropriate to consider the history of the County-Wide League that got its start in the 1930s over the conditions of Black schools in the county.

More than four score years later, education is still a central part of the league’s mission today— providing scholarships to qualified graduating seniors.

Barnett shared the County-Wide League’s history.

County-Wide League officers in 1965, the last year Botetourt schools were segregated. They are (from left): seated, Mrs. G.P….

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