The Story of West Virginia Statehood

1:00 pm -

Location: Facebook Live (Aull Center)

Tune in on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 1 PM as Aull Center staff share their research on the process leading to West Virginia’s statehood in 1863. This event is part of our series on West Virginia and the Civil War and a celebration of West Virginia Day.
During the Civil War, the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond chose to join the Confederate States of America, much to the chagrin of most of the inhabitants in the trans-Allegheny region of the state who had long expressed their resentment toward the political elites in Richmond. Loyal unionists gradually pushed for the creation of a new state. After two years of legal maneuvering, West Virginia was formally admitted to the United States of America on June 20, 1863.