A new exhibit at southwest Virginia’s Salem Museum commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion with a unique look at one World War II troop transport, the USAT General George W. Goethals, and its role in that epic campaign.
Used to ferry men and equipment in the Atlantic during and after WWII, the Goethals was operated by the United States Army and for the most part carried out routine and uneventful voyages during the war. In June 1944, however, the Goethals took part in the D-Day invasion, one of the most dramatic and well-remembered moments in the war.
The following article ran May 22 on the Twisted South site. It is re-posted here with permission. Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a living legend. The day he committed suicide, he launched himself into the pages of American lore. Since his death he’s become the Paul Bunyan of moonshine. Both men had impressive beards and […]
African Americans have played an important role in the history of the N&W Railway and NS as well. That role has evolved over time as laws have changed and doors of opportunity have opened. This book endeavors to tell the stories of some of these railroaders, “in their own words,” whose careers spanned the years from Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement to today’s institutional diversity programs. Some of the stories are the stories of pioneers who paved the way to today’s more level playing field, and some are the stories of their children and grandchildren who have become the engineers, conductors, and corporate managers, positions that were denied to earlier generations. And, in many cases, in telling their own stories, they tell the stories of their father or grandfather who worked for the railroad and their mother or grandmother who urged them on and supported them. It is a multi-voiced, multi-generational tapestry of voices that tells the story of struggle, resilience, and triumph.
Since 2008, family members have been fighting the battle to get ownership of Shady Grove away from The United Methodist Conference of Gainesville, Ga. This was accomplished after 5 years of fighting The Conference, neighbors, and lots of other people who stuck their nose where it should not have gone. Family members had to form an LLC in order to get the deed changed, but it was accomplished on March 6, 2013.
It has still not been without some neighborly problems but all has been resolved now. We are working towards bringing Shady Grove into the future, which includes having a cleared cemetery with a nice fence to prevent further encroachment, as the property is now down to 1 acre.
Once the larger parameters were defined, we decided what topics and sub-topics to include. Several of the categories that are a part of the exhibit are: “Award Winners” — people might be genuinely surprised at just how many Caldecott and Newbery award winning books have come from their own region; “Nature Writing” — the people of Appalachia have always had a unique tie to the land and we wanted to highlight some works that represented that connection; “Jack Tales/Folk Tales/ Fairy Tales and retellings”— many of the first stories we all remember hearing are stories such as these, and the retellings of Fairy Tales set in Appalachia might surprise some museum goers; “Early Voices” — it was important to emphasize the authors that started writing in the early 20th Century to help explain how the genre has grown; and “Foxfire” — while not children’s literature per se, this series of “how-to” books set a precedent in that many of the collaborators in this series were children from Appalachia.