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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

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  • Black History Month Established in 1867 in Harpers Ferry, Storer College was the first college open to African-Americans in West Virginia. More than 7,000 students attended the college over the course of its history. Read More »

  • West Virginia University February 7, 1867, the West Virginia Legislature founded the Agricultural College of West Virginia, now West Virginia University. Read More »

  • Tygart Valley Homesteads On February 11, 1935, the first houses in the Tygart Valley Homesteads were ready for occupancy. It was one of three projects was intended to provide a new start for unemployed farmers, miners and timber workers. Read More »

  • "Uncle Homer" Walker John Homer "Uncle Homer" Walker was born February 15, 1898, in Mercer County. Among the last in a tradition of black Appalachian banjo players, he played the five-string banjo in the clawhammer style. Read More »

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster On February 26, 1972, the Buffalo Creek Flood killed 125 people and left thousands homeless. Whole communities were destroyed and never rebuilt. Read More »

  • Marshall University February 27, 1867, Marshall College was established as a normal school for training teachers 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 22, 1977: Stoney Cooper died


Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper were among West Virginia’s best known husband-wife country music teams. Natives of Randolph County, Wilma Leigh Leary (February 7, 1921-September 13, 2011) married Dale Troy Cooper (October 16, 1918-March 22, 1977) in 1941. Known for their strong acoustical sound and distinct mountain style, their band, the Clinch Mountain Clan, usually consisted of mandolin, Dobro guitar, bass, and sometimes a banjo or second fiddle. Stoney played a fine fiddle, and Wilma Lee c...

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