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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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
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