Ernest Bleau on a Railroad Bicycle by New River, Summers County, W. Va.
Bleau, a telegrapher and cousin to W.J.B. Gwinn of Meadow Creek, is pictured on top of a railroad bicycle, or "velosipede", in order to get him to the different telegraph offices that he had to work at on the New River Division.
Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson has been cited as the "Father of Black History". He entered Douglass High School in Huntington, W. Va. in 1895, earning his diploma in two years. He taught in Winona, Fayette County, W. Va. and served as principal of Douglass High in 1900. Woodson subsequently completed his PhD in History at Harvard and published several works regarding African-American history, education and culture. After a year as Dean of Liberal Arts at Howard University in Washington, Woodson was appointed Academic Dean at West Virginia Collegiate Institute in 1920. He returned to Washington in 1922.