Camp Wyndal, Summer 1944 lettered on Wooden Tray. Approximately 44 x 20 cm.

Camp Wyndal, Summer 1944 lettered on Wooden Tray. Approximately 44 x 20 cm.

According to an article in the August 6, 1942 issue of The Raleigh Register, which we found via newspapers.com, Koppas Coal Division of Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates operated Camp Wyndal on the Gauley River near the town of Montgomery in West Virginia for the children of their African American mine employees, West, Va. The article reported that 1942 was the fourth year for this program. According to the article, 70 children attended [each of?] the three 10-day camping periods which had begun July 6th. Those children attending in 1942 were identified as from the Beards Fork, Glen White, Helen, Stotebury, Stanaford, Keystone, Carswell and Mailtland mines of Koppas Coal. We found almost nothing else about this camp but have assumed that: (1) the program continued at least until 1944; and (2) this tray was probably made by an African American child who attended in 1944. Very Good. Item #91087

Price: $200.00

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