Charleston, the capital of West Virginia, has no shortage of things for residents to do. With art museums, a planetarium and the Capitol Market, the city is a charming oasis.
It was also the ninth stop on our Listen to America 25-city road trip. HuffPost hunkered down at the Charleston Civic Center to chat with locals, and here’s what they had to say:
HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today.
“Charleston is still the place where the oldest person in the room eats first.”
― Matthew Sutton, 37, marketer/advertiser
“I’m sixth-generation West Virginian. … I have affordable housing, I have family, I have community.”
― Crystal Good, 42, poet, advocate, entrepreneur
“There are incredible people in this city. … In West Virginia, it’s one degree of separation. You speak to one person and, invariably, you’ll make a connection with somebody else.”
― Belle Manjong, 35, bridal boutique owner
“I’m trying to find new opportunities for myself and create new opportunities for people with medical marijuana.”