Sullivan said he thinks it’s important to carry on that history through the annual celebration of West Virginia Day.
Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings remembers large celebrations in downtown Clarksburg, organized by the Greater Clarksburg Associates, an organization that is now defunct.
The West Virginia Division of Tourism is celebrating West Virginia Day by taking to social media. The office has asked residents and visitors of the state to share images of why West Virginia is #AlmostHeaven to them on social media, Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said.
“It’s our 154th anniversary as a state, when our state seceded from Virginia after Virginia’s secession from the United States in 1863,” said Ken Sullivan, executive director of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
“I think West Virginia realizes the importance of celebrating the state’s birthday,” he said. “Normally we have a tremendous pride in the state and satisfaction in being West Virginian, so I don’t think we have to remind people too much of the importance of celebrating the state’s birthday.”
“Not only is it West Virginia’s birthday, but Harrison County is the birthplace of Stonewall Jackson, a very prominent figure from that era,” he said. “John W. Davis, the lone West Virginian to run for president of the United States, is also from Clarksburg.
“Let’s keep going. When you’re out exploring West Virginia, keep posting those photos,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be West Virginia’s birthday for us to showcase the beauty around the state.”