So far I have finished the files ranging from the 1920s through the 1970s. Even though I have only started to digitize these photographs, there are a couple that I would like to share. The first photo is of Senator Byrd at the West Virginia Society of the District of Columbia’s "West Virginia Son and Daughter of the Year" Award Ceremony on May 19, 1962. The photograph depicts Senator Byrd with Senator Jennings Randolph and Governor William Wallace Barron playing with a black bear cub. Senator Byrd took advantage of the opportunity for a Kodak moment with the cub.
There are a couple of photos that I would like to share that can be connected to documents and even artifacts in the collection here at the Byrd Center. First is a photo of Senator Byrd getting his law degree at American University in Washington D.C. on June 10, 1963. The photo shows Senator Byrd receiving his diploma from President John F. Kennedy who was the speaker at the commencement ceremony. In the collection we have that very same diploma. Senator Byrd is the only member of the U.S. Senate to earn his law degree while serving as a member.