CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) – The West Virginia Division of Tradition and Historical past introduced the 2021 West Virginia Historical past Heroes.
The award provides statewide recognition to people for his or her service to a corporation’s program or for a contribution to state and native historical past.
The 2021 Historical past Heroes are:
- Phillip Hayes (Beckley) is being acknowledged for his evaluation of the Huge Beaver Creek fortification web site, Raleigh County’s oldest man-made construction. His work resulted in a written research which was revealed final summer season.
- Mary Ellen Howe (Petersburg, Va.) is being acknowledged for touring to find unique information of the Bailey household, one of many first settlers within the West Virginia space. Her work has led to the publishing of 4 books. Howe donated the proceeds from her newest ebook to the Mercer County Historic Society.
- Kevin Pruitt (Hinton) is being acknowledged for representing the Gen. Hugh Mercer Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution on the dedication of the Gold Star Households Monument in Princeton. Pruitt has additionally labored as a historic interpreter and educator. Moreover, he’s presently trying to find and protect the grave of John Payton Bailey, one of many first Mercer County settlers.
The West Virginia Historical past Hero Award is a once-in-a-lifetime recognition.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held on-line. You’ll be able to watch that right here.