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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Elvis Presley, known as the “King of Rock and Roll” was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935.
His early musical influences were gospel, pop, and country. His parents moved to Memphis in 1948 where he was exposed to jazz and …Read More
Chet Atkins was born in 1924 near Luttrell in Eastern Tennessee.
His father taught music and farmed. His parents divorced when he was ten and he moved to Georgia with his father. Interestingly, the man known as Mr. Guitar started …Read More
Cyrus McCormick was born in 1809 near the Rockbridge-Augusta County Line in Western Virginia.
His grandparents had moved there with their five children from Cumberland County Pennsylvania. The family owned several hundred acres and operated a blacksmith business. At the …Read More
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