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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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
B. F. Skinner was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania in 1904.
He attended the same high school as both of his parents and graduated in a class of eight. He attended Hamilton College in Clinton New York and earned a bachelors …Read More
Mary Cassatt was born in 1844 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She traveled to Europe with her family and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
She moved to Paris in 1874 and became famous as an impressionist. She worked in both …Read More
Gene Kelly was born in 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third of five children.
His father was a salesman and his mother introduced her children to the arts. They all took dance lessons and for a while the family ran …Read More
Roy Acuff was born in 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee.
He was a talented athlete and received 13 varsity letters in sports in high school. While playing baseball for a farm team he suffered a severe sun stroke that necessitated a …Read More
Elmer Ambrose Sperry was born in 1860.
His father was a carpenter and his mother died when he was one day old. He was reared by an aunt in Cortland, New York. He invented household items as a young child. …Read More