Huntington is a city in Cabell and Wayne counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia, along the Ohio River. Most of the city is in Cabell County, for which it is the county seat. Its population was estimated at 49,129 in 2009.
In 1891, work constructing the first school building for African Americans was begun. Douglass High School was named for U.S. abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass. Among the school's early graduates in 1896 was Carter G. Woodson, who became its principal four years later. Dr. Woodson became a noted teacher, educator and historian, and was one of the first blacks to be awarded a doctorate from Harvard University. Known as the father of Afro-American History, in 1926, he founded Negro History Week, which later became Afro-American History Month. Public school desegregation resulted in the closing of Douglass High School in 1961. The building was placed on the register of historic places in 1985.
Jazz-MU-Tazz (June) is a summer jazz festival, it is a weekend of music that features jazz cabarets, outdoor concerts, and numerous activities.
Downtown district 4th Avenue and Plaza September State championship is held every year, with chili cooks coming from West Virginia and other states to compete for a berth in the national competition.
Big Sandy Superstore Arena features the demonstration and sale of traditional arts and crafts plus specialty ethnic foods, held in April.
Pullman Square district – 3rd Avenue, downtown Huntington Last Saturday in July The WV Hot Dog Festival celebrates the unique variations of local/regional hot dogs.
An Associated Press article describes lifestyle and cultural barriers as obstacles to better public health. As examples, the article describes local eating habits (the number of pizza shops in Huntington alone exceeding the total number of health clubs available in the entire state of West Virginia), the relatively sedentary culture, and poor education as causes for health issues described in the CDC report. In an MSNBC report published November 16, 2008, Huntington was rated as the unhealthiest city in the United States. The study took into consideration obesity rates, toothlessness and levels of healthcare.
Huntington is warmed by westerly winds from the Midwest, and made humid by the Ohio River, but avoids the bitter cold and high winds of the interior of West Virginia. Huntington enjoys temperate four seasons, with hot (70–90 degrees) summers and snowy (20–50 degrees) winters. Fall and spring tend to be cool and wet, but Huntington fills the roughly three-mile wide flood plain of the south bank of the Ohio River for sixty city blocks and portions of the hills to the immediate south.
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NONI BEAUTY SUPPLY - Category: Beauty Supply - The development of Noni's Beauty Supply Store has been a great adventure! We provide our community with the beauty supplies they need to enhance their image. Noni Beauty Supply is a retail beauty supply store serving the Tri-State market. 917 20th street Huntington, WV (304) 523-3899 - (visit website)
D.L. Hughley, of "the Original Kings of Comedy," "the Hughleys," and "D.L. Breaks the News" on CNN. This is an excerpt from his new HBO special "Unapologetic" in stores now. D.L. will be LIVE! at the Funny Bone in Huntington, WV Aug 21-23, 2009.
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