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  • Marking a milestone Students hold copies of The Parthenon with the news that Marshall had become a university. The governor signed the legislation on March 2, 1961. Read More »

  • State Flag The West Virginia state flag was adopted by the legislature on March 7, 1929 Read More »

  • Right to vote The hard work by groups such as this one, the Women’s Suffrage League at West Virginia University, finally paid off on March 10, 1920, when West Virginia became the 34th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right of women to vote. Read More »

  • West Virginia State University On March 17, 1891, West Virginia State University was founded as the West Virginia Colored Institute Read More »

  • Lady aviator Rose Agnes Rolls Cousins was born March 26, 1920. She was the first black woman to become a solo pilot in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at West Virginia State College (now University). Read More »

  • Moving the Capital March 28, 1870: State officials, with state records and property, boarded a steamboat called Mountain Boy, one of six steamboats that moved West Virginia’s capital from Wheeling to Charleston Read More »

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March 28, 1870: State officials boarded the Mountain Boy to move capital from Wheeling to Charleston

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The steamboat Mountain Boy was one of six steamboats that moved West Virginia’s capital between 1870 and 1885. The boat was built on the Monongahela River at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in 1868 on a hull 135 feet long, 26 feet wide, and four feet deep. It was built for J. W. Oakes, president of the Kanawha and Gallipolis Packet Co. The Mountain Boy was running regularly on the

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