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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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  • Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

  • The Mountaineers West Virginia University football got its start in 1891 when two students raised $160 to buy uniforms and a rule book and recruited players for the team. Read More »

  • Summersville Lake September 3, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the Summersville Dam and Lake. Read More »

  • The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy In September 1974, picket lines formed at schools as parents protested new textbooks selected for their students. Read More »

  • Home of the Mountaineers The new Mountaineer Field opened on September 6, 1980, with a 41-27 win over Cincinnati. It was the first game for Coach Don Nehlen, who became the most successful coach in West Virginia University history. Read More »

  • Hatfield patriarch Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield was born September 9, 1839, in Mingo County. The patriarch of the Hatfield clan led the family in a prolonged vendetta against the family of Randolph McCoy. Read More »

  • The Great Bend Tunnel September 12, 1872, the Great Bend Tunnel was completed. Legend has it that John Henry defeated the steam drill here. Read More »

  • Fool's Parade On September 21, 1970, filming began in Moundsville for Fool's Parade based on Davis Grubb's novel. The movie starred James Stewart, George Kennedy, Strother Martin and Kurt Russell. Read More »

  • Tuskegee Airman Born September 24, 1918 in London, Kanawha County, George Spencer "Spanky" Roberts was the first African-American military pilot from West Virginia and a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen Read More »

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September 21, 2011: A parade was held in Logan to honor Landau Murphy

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., a singer from Logan, won the nationally televised America’s Got Talent in 2011. His prize was $1 million and the opportunity to perform at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Murphy was born August 11, 1974, in Logan. In his early teens, he moved to Detroit where he was surrounded by crime and violence. By the time he was 20, he was unemployed, homeless, and living out of his car. His life improved over time, but in 1999, he returned to Logan. Murphy was...

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