Charleston, West Virginia, was the ninth stop on HuffPost’s Listen To America road trip.
Maybe you know Charleston because of the various colleges that surround it ― the University of Charleston and West Virginia State University as well as campuses of West Virginia University and Marshall University. Or maybe you’re an admirer of the city’s most notable landmark, the West Virginia State Capitol building, whose dome is five feet taller than the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Or maybe you just know it’s the state capital.
However you know it, Charleston’s history is vibrant and locals are all too happy to discuss it. We spent a day at the Charleston Civic Center and held a panel in the Little Theater about the state’s opioid crisis.
You can get a feel for our time there below:
The HuffPost tour bus drives across the Lee Street bridge as HuffPost visits Charleston, West Virginia, on Sept. 28, 2017.
HuffPost tents open for visitors.
Belle Manjong (left) speaks to Jenavieve Hatch and Brad Cowgill after recording her video interview.
Robyn Malcolm is interviewed by a television reporter about the HuffPost Listen To America tour.
Sarah Gee and Lorrie Levi take a selfie with the bus.
Fire Chief Jan Rader is interviewed by Sarah Grossman on the HuffPost bus.
Paige Lavender talks to Chris Kessell at the HuffPost activation site.
Dancer Mary Anna Ball from The Charleston Ballet shows off some of her moves.
An audience member asks host Rob Byers (far left) and panelists Mike Brumage, Andrea Darr, Amanda Dietz, Brandi Gunnoe and Lois Vance a question during the "Surviving the Opioid Crisis" forum at the Little Theater at the Charleston Civic Center.
Mike Brumage speaks to the audience as fellow panelist Andrea Darr listens.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones tells the audience about his son's addiction before the "Surviving the Opioid Crisis" forum.
Amanda Dietz speaks to the audience.
Andrea Darr explains the "Handle With Care" program to the audience.
Lois Vance speaks to the audience.
Audience members Angela Hager and Jamie Cantebury talk to the panelists about substance abuse.
The HuffPost bus on the road in Charleston, West Virginia.
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