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August 20, 1851: Statue of Patrick Henry Dedicated in Morgantown

Aug 20, 2019
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On August 20, 1851, a nine-foot wood carving of Patrick Henry was dedicated atop the Monongalia County Courthouse in Morgantown. Henry had served as the governor of Virginia in 1776, when Monongalia became a county. It was moved from the cupola to indoor storage in 1890. Today, it’s considered the oldest sculpture in West Virginia.

Perhaps the state’s second-oldest statue is a monument honoring Confederate war dead in Romney. It was unveiled at Indian Mound Cemetery in 1867, making it one of the first of its kind to honor Confederate soldiers.

Don Knotts Statue
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A statue honoring TV legend Don Knotts was unveiled Saturday, July 23, in front of The Metropolitan Theatre on High Street in Morgantown.

The Andy Griffith Show star grew up in Morgantown and graduated from West Virginia University.

Knotts, who died in 2006, starred in films and played Deputy Barney Fife on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show."