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A forgotten piece of West Virginia history

Please welcome guest author Kathryn N. Gregory, staff writer for The Charleston Gazette. Her article below ran in the February 19, 2011 issue of the Gazette. “The information relating to Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings in the original article was slightly wrong,” Gregory adds. “This information related to Woodson’s father’s paternal side of the family, […]

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He lubricated the grass in front of me with real tobacco juice

“I was born on the Virginia Polytech Institute campus in October 1903, the son of Dr. Ellison Adger Smyth, Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina who came here with Dr. McBryde to found the Biology Department in 1891. “Mama, my mother, being from Charleston, did not feel that the house was really established unless there was […]

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