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March 2, 1992: Musician Virginia Wilson Dies at 92

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e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / West Virginia Division of Culture and History

Musician Virginia Wilson died on March 2, 1992, at age 92. She was born in 1900 in what is now part of Chief Logan State Park.

Wilson was a master of the clawhammer-style banjo but was little known outside of her native Logan County for much of her life. That changed at age 58, when she was discovered by West Virginia University folklorist Patrick Gainer.

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