Huntington, WV Black History

Edna Congleton


Edna Congleton was born in Covington, Virginia. At the age of five, she came to Huntington to live with her grandmother, her parents and older sister.

She attended Barnett Elementary School, Oley Junior High School and Huntington High School. She enrolled in Marshall University and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Childhood Education.

Congleton worked as a teacher’s aide at Simms Elementary school where she did her student teaching. In 1973, she formally entered the Cabell County public school system, teaching first at Buffington Elementary School until it closed, then teaching at Lincoln Elementary in 1975. When Lincoln closed, she began teaching at Spring Hill Elementary School and remained there until her retirement. Though she taught many grades, teaching second graders was her passion.

Congleton was baptized at First Baptist Church when she was 11 years old and remains a faithful member, serving on many church committees. Since her retirement, she has volunteered and tutored students at Spring Hill Elementary School. In 2024, she began serving as a part-time librarian at the school and also taught reading.

She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the National Teachers Honorary Society. She served as president of the local chapter of the Honorary Society for a period of time.

She has served on several community boards and committees, including First Baptist Day Care, Barnett Day Care Center, J.W. Scott Community Center, the Democratic Women’s Club and Marshall University’s Black Alumni Organization, in which she has held the positions of president, secretary and treasurer.

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