W.Va. - Chlorine Grigsby Carter will present “African American Life: A Personal
Perspective” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State
Capitol Complex in Charleston on Thursday, Aug. 31. The program, the fourth in
the 2017 Block Speakers Series, will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to
was born the oldest of two children to the late Yorty and Lillian Grigsby. She
attended McKinley Elementary in Pittsburgh until the age of eight when her
family moved to Charleston. In Charleston, she attended Boyd Elementary and
Junior High and graduated from Garnet High School in 1953. A year later, she
married the late Herman Carter of Cabin Creek/Chesapeake, and they had three
children: Jovalene Booker and Alexandria Acholonu, who are both deceased, and
Maurice Carter of Stone Mountain, Ga. She has six grandchildren, four
great-grandchildren and two step-granddaughters. Carter also is a member of the
Levi First Missionary Baptist Church.
has operated businesses in the Kanawha Valley, including a canteen for youth in
Rand and the West Side and Clo’s Uptown Eatery, a family restaurant on the East
End. She worked at the Coyle and Richardson Department Store, the Security
Building, as a teacher’s aide in specialized reading at Rand Elementary, the
registrar’s office at West Virginia State University and at BB&T bank for
23 years before retiring in 1995.
also has been involved in many organizations in Charleston. She has been a
member of Post 57 Auxiliary of the American Legion, Conservative Clubs
Auxiliary, Charleston Women's Improvement League, American Cancer Society and
the American Lung Association of Charleston. She currently is a member of The
Silver Haired Legislature and has served as Speaker of the House.
Block” was once considered the heart of Charleston’s black community. It
comprised a 25-acre area bounded by Washington Street East, Capitol Street,
Smith Street and Sentz Court.
additional information about the Archives and History lecture series, contact
the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
may park behind the Culture Center after 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and enter the
building at the back loading dock area. The bus turnaround is open, and
handicapped spots are available there. Visitors parking there should enter at
the front of the building.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History is proud to be able to present
its programs at no charge to the public but without a solution to the state’s
budget situation, this could be the last year that programs of this type could
be offered. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is an agency
within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin,
cabinet secretary. It brings together the past, present and future through
programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic
preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs,
events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.
The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action