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Blackwater Heroes J.R. Clifford and  Carrie Williams – portrayed by Professor Atiba Ellis and Jacqueline Dooley --  "came to life" at the Tucker County High School on June 24, 2013 – to celebrate West Virginia's 150th Birthday! 

These historic characters from the nineteenth century were joined by other important actors of the era:  the artist and statesman David Hunter Strother (known as "Porte Crayon"), portrayed by Don Teter, and West Virginia atatemakers Francis and Julia Pierpont, portrayed by Art and Pam Dodds; the Narrator was, WVU Law Student, Ken Bannon.

The audience heard wonderful music by Tucker County attorney Mont Miller and his church singing group, and by Michael and Carrie Kline of Elkins.  Tom Rodd unveiled the J.R. Clifford Project's new poster and map showing how West Virginia was "A New Home for Liberty," celebrating the diversity of the Mountain State.

A special treat was having Friends of Blackwater's dear friend Linda Cooper in the audience, visiting Tucker County from her new home in Alaska.  Earlier in the day, FOB Director Judy Rodd helped unveil two new historic markers about the Carrie Williams case – one in Parsons, and one in Coketon at the head of the Blackwater Canyon.  Thanks especially to Rose Davis and the Tucker County Historic Society for making this possible; and to Jean Evansmore, of Mt. Hope, WV, for joining us at the marker unveilings.

Blackwater Canyon and the West Virginia Highlands have a rich heritage  – and with your support, Friends of Blackwater is committed to celebrating and preserving that heritage for all of us, and those who come after us!

From left to right: Alice Phillips; Judy Rodd, FOB Director; Lowell Moore, Tucker County Commissioner; Rosemarie Davis, President-Tucker County Historical Society, Jean Evansmore; and Mont Miller.
From left to right: Glenda Marshall, David Downs, Judy Rodd, Jean Evansmore, Mayor Matt Quattro at the Buxton Landstreet building in Thomas, WV.
A nice crowd attended the evenings events at Tucker County High School.
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