Became an Indian fighter after the death of her husband, dressed like a man
Led the Indians at the Battle of Point Pleasant, Shawnee Chief, was murdered with his son at Fort Randolph
Carter G. Woodson
widely regarded as the leading writer on black history of his time. His founding of the American Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 has been called the start of the black history movement.
Legendary black, “steel driving man”
that raced the steam hammer until he died
Mary Draper Ingles
Frontier woman who was captured by the Indians, escaped, and returned home
Martin R. Delany
At the start of the Civil War he was assigned to recruit blacks for the Union
Author of “The Unquiet Earth” and “Storming Heaven” from Bluefield
Ran for Governor
Homer H. Hickam Jr.
Author, one of the subjects of the 1999 movie October Sky based on his book Rocket Boys. Also
Coalwood Way, Sky of Stone
Publisher, published two collections of short fiction “Town Smokes” and “The Wreking Yard”
Louis McNeil Pease
West Virginia’s Poet laureate, works include “Elderberry Flood” and “Gauley Mountain”, grew up in Pocahontas County
One of the NBA’s greatest, played for WVU an the LA Lakers, Coach and General Manager of the Lakers, Olympic Gold Medal, from East Bank
Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley
played for the Los Angeles Lakers but is now a broadcaster for the Utah Jazz. He was a three-year All-American at West Virginia, and the first pick of the 1957 NBA College draft by Cincinnati. His flamboyant
playing style earned him the name Hot Rod while at West Virginia.
has been a player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, and league official in professional basketball. He played professional basketball for Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, and Seattle. He grew up in Princeton, the son of the Princeton
police chief. Thorn was an all-Americna guard at WVU.
formerly the voice of the West Virginia University Mountaineers, is famous for his dramatic call of the
"Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris' miraculous TD catch in a 1972 Steelers-Raiders playoff game
Olympic Gold Medal and World Record in the Shot Put, from St. Albans
Innovative basketball coach at Long Island, invented the 1-3-1 defense, and advocate of the 3 second and 24 second rules.
Jesse “The Crab” Burcett
First West Virginian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
1996 at age 74, becoming West Virginia's oldest Governor. He was born at Josephs Mills.
John D. Rockefeller, IV
former Governor of West Virginia, is currently a U. S. Senator from West Virginia. He
was born in New York, N. Y. His wife Sharon Rockefeller has been a member of the Board of Directors of PBS.
William Casey Marland
was Governor of West Virginia from 1953 to 1957. Marland attracted nationwide
attention in 1965 when a reporter found him working as a cab driver in Chicago.
a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was selected as one of the NFC's two starting wide receivers
and was the only rookie to be selected for the 1998 Pro Bowl. He was also selected to the 1998 Associated Press All-Pro team. Moss played two years at Marshall University. He is a graduate of DuPont High School