By Jody Brumage
This week marks the 153rd anniversary of West Virginia. Each year on June 20, the state celebrates the day on which West Virginia gained statehood following a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. Annual celebrations of the holiday take place in the state capitol, Charleston, as well as Wheeling, the city that is considered West Virginia's birthplace. The celebration often continues beyond the state's borders, to the nation's capitol, where West Virginia's senators and representatives join annually to recognize their home state's anniversary. In honor of West Virginia Day, we want to share a few of the images from our archives of these celebrations.
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