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Curtain Falls on Efforts To Stage Statehood Production

June 11, 2013

It appears the curtain has fallen on efforts to stage a local production of a play about slavery, civil rights and the role those issues played West Virginia’s birth. A lack of funds forced the J.R....

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Jun-11-13 9:24 AM


Randall Reid-Smith caused 4 resignations from the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission in 2001. Professional historians on the Commission wanted to sponsor solemn public programs about the national tragedy, fought over slavery, that killed 620,000 Americans. But Reid-Smith favored parades, festivals and battle re-enactments - and was contemptuous of any who disagreed.

Those who resigned sent regretful letters to acting Gov. Tomblin, accusing Reid-Smith and Education and Arts Secretary Kay Goodwin of trampling or ignoring the volunteer professionals who served without pay on the Civil War panel.

Speak up or be stamped out!

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