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  • Musical lineup West Virginia’s banjo tradition may have arrived with black railroad workers in the 19th century. Banjo playing received new attention during the folk revival of the late 1960s and ’70s. 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 »

This Date in History

September 19, 1868: George W. Summers died in Charleston

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Statesman George William Summers (March 4, 1804-September 19, 1868) was born in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Summers family moved to Walnut Grove in present Putnam County in 1814. Following the death of his father in 1818, George went to Charleston to live with his oldest brother, Judge Lewis Summers. He attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), and graduated from Ohio University in 1826. Returning home, he s...

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