David Harris, president of a newly formed group to preserve African American history in the Tri-State, stands outside the Memphis Tennessee Garrison house in Huntington.

An effort has begun to preserve the little-known histories of African American life in the Tri-State.

newly formed branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History wants to find it. It’s fitting the branch is being formed locally, as the association was established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, the “father of black history,” who graduated from Douglass High School in Huntington and later was its principal.

The organization was formed to collect, promote, study and disseminate African American history and culture while building a strong network among about 50 branches across the United States.

“His past residency in Huntington mandates there be a local chapter,” David Harris, president of the Huntington Tri-State Organizing branch, told The Herald-Dispatch reporter Courtney Hessler in an article published Sunday.

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