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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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
Ruth Fulton Benedict was born in 1887, some say in New York City, and others in Chenango County, New York. Her father died when she was less than two years old and she lived at her grandparents farm near Norwich.…Read More
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