Black Business Month

Press Release – August 8, 2023
NAACP Holds Ribbon Cutting for Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar
Charles Town, WV — On Tuesday, August 8, the Jefferson County, WV Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar. The ribbon cutting was held at the salon, located at 303 W. Washington St. Charles Town WV, 25414 at 12PM. During the ribbon cutting attendees had the opportunity to learn about the business and celebrate its opening.

“Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar was created with a deep desire to build a multi-generation business. The salon offers workshops and training programs to aspiring hairstylists, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the industry,” said salon owner Walayee Ishway.

Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar opened its Martinsburg, WV location in 2018 and celebrated the opening of its second location in Charles Town, WV during the ribbon cutting. Ishway said “they strive to create a positive impact and empower individuals of all backgrounds, ensuring that everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. The salon has been a proud supporter of
the Jefferson County NAACP block party for kids and provides free hair braiding and hair cuts at the event.”

August is Black Business Month, it is a time to recognize Black-owned businesses across the nation, including Jefferson County, WV. This year the Jefferson County, WV Chapter of the NAACP will offer free ribbon cuttings to local Black-owned businesses throughout the month of August.
These ribbon cuttings will honor the progress Black Americans have made economically and pay reverence to those who dared to pursue business ownership in the past in spite of oppressive and life threatening obstacles.

To sign up for a free ribbon cutting contact Cherish McMillan at
Learn more about the salon at

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Charles Town WV American Legion Post 63 Display NMAAHC

We were quite pleased with the display of the flag, charter, and photograph, and accompanying narrative at the “We Return Fighting” exhibit. I can’t begin to imagine what the founders of Post 63 would think about the flag and charter on display at National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). None of this would have been possible without the Tolbert family and the JCBHPS treasuring and preserving them over the past 90 years.

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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Trail March

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom
Trail March will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
The March will assemble at the Charles Town
Library and step off at 2pm sharp and proceed
to the Betty Roper Auditorium where the
program will begin at 2:30. The theme this yearis PEACE and LOVE.
The public is urged to come and participate.
For additional information call: 304-725-9610


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55th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP will hold its 55th Annual Freedom
Fund Banquet this Saturday, October 13 th , at 3pm at the Clarion Hotel in Harpers
Ferry, WV. Tickets to the banquet are $35. To purchase a ticket, contact Mrs.
Janet Jeffries at 304-725-4094.

The Rev. Ernest D. Lyles, Sr. will be the keynote speaker. Rev. Lyles is a
seasoned activist and highly regarded for his integrity and work in the civil and
human rights arena. He has a compelling history of perseverance, and a
relentless pursuit for justice for all people. Rev. Lyles served as the pastor of Mt.
Zion United Methodist Church in Charles Town and Asbury United Methodist
Church in Shepherdstown before moving to Washington DC to become the
Senior Pastor of the Brighter Day Ministries. Lyles has spent much of his time
developing charitable corporations and programs to help the unfortunate, especially the youth.
Project Excel, one of the programs that Lyles initiated has the distinction of being one of the best and
most efficient education programs in the state for youths.

There will be a silent auction. Come at 2:30 P.M. to peruse the silent auction.

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Black History Exhibit 2018

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is proud to present the 2018 Black History exhibit,

Storer College Students in World War I

“…a loyal sense of duty…”

highlighting the contributions made by students and alumni who served in the Great War.

Mr. Algernon Ward, a member of the Ebony Doughboys, 93rd Infantry, World War I Reenactors, will be the featured speaker. Based on extensive research, group members share stories of the outstanding service provided by the original Doughboys during the “war to end all wars.”

The program will take place at the Mather Training Center, located at 51 Mather Place, Harpers Ferry, WV, at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

For more information contact the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center at 304-535-6298.

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