In honor of Black History Month, the CVA is showcasing some of the region’s most important and influential African-American citizens. In this installment, we take a look at Affrilachian poet Nikky Finney.Read More
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Charles Bronson was born in 1921 as Charles Buchinsky in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania.
He was one of 15 children in a Lithuanian coal mining family and, though he completed high school, worked in the mines himself before serving as a tail …Read More
Loretta Lynn was born in 1935 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
She is a coal miner’s daughter and the second of eight children. She married at 13 and had four children by 17. She had a total of six children and …Read More
George Mortimer Pullman was born in Brockton, New York in 1831.
He was originally trained as a cabinet maker but is famous for inventing the Pullman Railway car. This was used to transport Lincoln’s body across the country.
He owned …Read More
Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania in 1907. She attended the Pennsylvania College for Women, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and received her MA in zoology at Johns Hopkins.
She had a 15 year career at …Read More
Howlin’ Wolf” Chester Arthur Burnett ranks near the top in the category of great blues performers. He was born in 1910,in a rural community, White Station, in Northern Mississippi, near the current town of West Point, and he grew up …Read More
James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, was born in Oakville, Alabama in 1913, the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave.
He moved with his family to Cleveland Ohio at the age of 8. He …Read More
John D. Rockefeller was born in 1837 at his parents farm near Richford, New York.
In addition to farming, his father also pursued a somewhat mysterious career as a seller of elixers and patent medicines. His mother was from a …Read More
Roger Tory Peterson was born in Jamestown, New York in 1908. He is known well known for his field guides to wildlife. He published his first guide to birds in 1934 and invented a system of field identification.
His guides …Read More
Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1928. He has been the host of the popular PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for more than three decades.
He has lived in Pennsylvania for most of his 73 years …Read More
Clark Gable, the “King of Hollywood”, was born in Cadiz, Ohio in 1901.
His father was an oil rigger and later a farmer. His mother died when he was an infant and his father remarried. However Clark’s stepmother encouraged him …Read More
Henry Clay Frick was born in 1849 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
He was born poor and in ill health but had a drive to succeed. In the industrial era in Appalachia, he seized his chance. He organized a company that …Read More
Larry Flynt was born in 1942 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, at one time the poorest county in the United States. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade and lied about his age to enlist in the army at …Read More
Jimmy Stewart, known as “Hollywood’s Everyman” was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania in 1908.
His father ran the town hardware store, and he maintained links to his hometown throughout his life and career. His museum is located there. He earned a …Read More
Patricia Neal was born in Packard, Kentucky in 1926. She studied drama at Northwestern University and won a Tony Award for her work on Broadway.
She starred in many successful films and won an Oscar for Best Actress. Her peronal …Read More