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W.Va. Statehood Drama To Be Staged

October 20, 2013

WHEELING — Those who think they know the full story behind the Mountain State’s birth may be in for a surprise or two if they visit downtown Wheeling’s West Virginia Independence Hall Tuesday....

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Oct-21-13 1:03 AM

Wheeling had one the first elementary schools for black children in the USA following the Civil War. It was established by Dr. John Cox Hupp, of 61 14th St, in 1866.Dr.Hupp's mentor was Dr. Francis Lemoyne of Washington Pa. who was a nationally recognized early abolitionist and philanthropist of education for blacks and women. Through Dr.Hupp, Dr.LeMoyne influenced the policies of early West Virginia statehood. Dr.Hupp-a Lincoln supporter- was an early elected "Supervisor" in the new State and Capitol City of Wheeling. Dr. and Mrs. Hupp are featured in an exhibit at WVIH because of their influence on early statehood policy; especially public education for all.

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