Dismukes Project Learning Tour

​The Dismukes Project Learning Tour provides a unique experience to learn more about Black history and experiences in the coalfields of Appalachia, while also learning the incredible story of Dr. Henry Dodford Dismukes. Dismukes was an African American physician in the early 1900’s, that founded the largest privately owned Black hospital in the country for its time.

Oct 09 - Oct 12, 2024

Wednesday, October 09
3:00 - 8:30PM EDT

Houston United Methodist Church
83 Lavania Street
Kimball, WV 24801
Estados Unidos

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The Dismukes Project provides a unique experience to learn more about Black history and experiences in the coalfields of Appalachia, while also learning the incredible story of Dr. Henry Dodford Dismukes. 

Dismukes, an African American Physician in the early 1900’s, founded the largest privately owned Black hospital in the country for its time. The hospital has been discovered to be located on the grounds of MCC property in McDowell County, Kimball, West Virginia. 

Participants will get the opportunity to tour the various sites connected to Dr. Dismukes and learn what MCC is doing to preserve Black history in the area. Participants will be involved in Dr. Dismukes Day and a special GALA* to honor his legacy. 

*The learning tour concludes with the GALA fundraiser. Guests will be expected to bring semi-formal attire for GALA. Dr. Dismukes had a GALA at the opening of the hospital; this event will honor his legacy as well as fundraise for the restoration of the Dismukes Nurses Home.

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Tentative Schedule
  • October 9: Arrive in Kimball by 3 p.m.
    • orientation
    • LOST Stories meeting including guest speaker
  • October 10: 
    • welcome/devotions with Reverend Brad Davis
    • tour of the historic Kimball War Museum with Clara Thompson, director of museum
    • Dismukes history and walking tour
    • Pinnacle Rock State Park
    • cook-out
    • reflection/prayer time
  • October 11: 
    • Dr. Dismukes Day activities
      • reading of proclamation
      • community activities/events
    • GALA in honor of Dr. Dismukes (guests encouraged to dress in semi-formal attire)
  • October 12: Depart from Kimball by 9 a.m.
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Cost: $800

Includes:

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • All activities and programming costs
  • GALA ticket

If you would like more information, please contact KristinOverstreet@mcc.org or (606) 634-4418.

If you are ready to register, please sign up here.
 

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