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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Thomas Wolfe was born in 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina the youngest of 8 children. His mother ran a 29 room boarding house called My Old Kentucky Home. His father ran a tombstone shop.
He enrolled at the University of …Read More
Perry Como was born in 1912 in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, the seventh of thirteen children.
He worked as a singing barber in his hometown until he began touring with a band at the age of 21. His big break came in …Read More
Ty Cobb was born in 1886 in Narrows, Georgia. Some sources say Royston in Franklin County is his hometown.
He was the eldest of three children and his father was a teacher, principal, newpaper publisher, and state senator. He was …Read More
John Forbes Nash Jr. was born in 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia.
His father was a chemical engineer from Texas and his mother, Virginia, was a native of Bluefield. Nash is famous for his pioneering contributions to Games Theory.
He …Read More
Martha Berry was born in 1866 in Rome, Georgia to a wealthy family.
At that time there were few secondary schools in the region. Using partly her own money, she established a school for boys at Possum Trot, which later …Read More
William L. Boyd, better known as his character Hopalong Cassidy, “The Knight of the Golden West”, was born in 1895 in Cambridge, Ohio.
He was from a family of five boys and left home at an early age. He worked …Read More
George Armstrong Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio in 1839.
He graduated last in his class at West Point in 1861, but became the youngest Brigadier General in the army by 1864. He took part in major Civil War …Read More
William Alfred Fowler was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1911.
His grandfather was a coal miner who emigrated to Pittsburgh from Scotland. He was educated at Ohio State University in engineering physics. While attending college, he worked as a recreation …Read More
Margaret Sanger, born in 1879 in Corning, New York, is remembered today as one of the founders of planned parenthood.
What is more difficult to remember today is that birth control was not legal, even for married couples, until 1965. …Read More
inah Washington was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1924, as Ruth lee Jones.
She moved to Chicago as a child and played piano and sang at her church. At 15 she began to perform secular music and became one of …Read More
Ulysses S. Grant was born in 1822 at Point Pleasant, Ohio.
He wrote an extensive autobiography that includes many details about his parents and family. His ancestors were from the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania area and he had relatives in Maysville, …Read More
Clifford G. Shull was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1915.
His parents were from farming sections of rural Perry County. He had a sister and a brother and was educated at what was then Carnegie Institute of Technology, living at …Read More
John Glenn was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College and enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet program after Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps and flew 149 combat missions in WW II and …Read More
Ralph Stanley was born in 1927 in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia. He learned to play the banjo as a child and, with his older brother, Carter, formed the Stanley Brothers Band in 1947.
They achieved success through radio airplay, …Read More