WILLIAMSON – The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education will open its traveling exhibit, “Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian” on Tuesday, March 7 at the First National Bank of Williamson, 68 East Second Avenue.
The Mingo-Pike American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting a ribbon cutting . to open the exhibit at 11 a.m. on March 7. A reception will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, March 24, to celebrate the late Senator’s legacy and provide local citizens an opportunity to share memories and memorabilia. A farewell reception will be staged from 3 to 5 on April 7 as the exhibit will move on to Marshall University in Huntington. The public is invited to view the exhibit and enjoy the community events, presented by the Mingo-Pike AAUW.
“Mingo-Pike AAUW and the First National Bank are honored to host this celebration of Senator Byrd’s life and accomplishments,” said Dee Kapourales, President, Mingo-Pike AAUW. Our Flood Walls are a testament to his dedication and fondness for Mingo County.”
The exhibit tells the story of Senator Byrd’s origins in the coal fields, his service to the state and the nation, and his lasting legacy as the West Virginian of the 20th Century. The Centennial of Senator Byrd’s birth is November 20, 2017, and the traveling exhibit will be at the Culture Center in Charleston where a grand celebration is being planned.
The statewide tour of the Robert C. Byrd exhibit is funded, in part, by a major grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council. FirstEnergy, PiperJaffray and Comcast have also made contributions to facilitate the exhibit.