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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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  • Luna Park On May 5, 1923, a fire started by welders destroyed most of this Charleston amusement park. Read More »

  • First Mother's Day The first official Mother's Day observance was held May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia. Read More »

  • Colorful visitors The diverse flora of West Virginia attracts 130 species of butterflies. The well-known Monarch is the state butterfly. Read More »

  • Hominy Falls On May 16, 1968, the final six miners were rescued after being trapped for ten days. Laws regulating preservation of mine maps were passed following this disaster. Read More »

  • Matewan Massacre May 19, 1920, police chief Sid Hatfield and angry miners confronted Baldwin-Felts agents on the streets of Matewan. A shootout left ten people dead. Read More »

  • Vandalia Gathering The Vandalia Gathering celebrates West Virginia’s heritage of music, dance, crafts, food, and folklore. The festival takes place Memorial Day weekend at the Culture Center and the adjoining grounds of the state capitol. Read More »

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May 06, 1812: Martin Robison Delany was born in Charles Town


Activist and physician Martin Robison Delany (May 6, 1812-January 24, 1885) was an African-American who was born free in Charles Town. In 1822, the Delany family was forced to flee for violating a Virginia law forbidding the education of Blacks. The family settled in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1831, Delany moved to Pittsburgh. He studied medicine as an apprentice under Dr. Andrew N. McDowell and became his medical assistant. From 1843 to 1847, Martin Delany founded, edited, and ...

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