Monthly Archives: January 2007

The first African-American woman to serve in a legislative body in the US

On January 10, 1928 Minnie Buckingham Harper (R-McDowell) was appointed to succeed her late husband in the West Virginia House of Delegates, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in a legislative body in the United States. Harper was appointed by Governor Howard Gore to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, […]


The hills are alive with the sound of glassblowing

One man, Louie Wohinc, dominated central WV’s glass industry in the 1920s and 1930s. At their height, his factories produced 144,000 pieces of glass every 24 hours – all by hand! The advantages of locally available raw material, inexpensive heating fuels, and readily available labor first attracted the glass industry to central West Virginia in […]


"Oh, I wish I was single again"

Listen to Kelly Harrell play “I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again” When I was a single girl, I went dressed very fine, Now I am married and have a drunken man to mind. Oh, I wish I were a single girl again. When I was a single girl I done as I pleased; […]


"I’ve been told you are a preacher as well as a barber.

Is that so?” I inquired. “Yes, I’m supplyin’ at a country church on a Sunday,” he replied modestly, as he continued his hair cutting. “I conducts the Sunday Schools, preaches at the mornin’ service, holds the young peoples’ meeting in the afternoon, and preaches again Sunday night. The Baptist Church in the country, where I […]

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