New Harpers Ferry mural unveiled in Capitol Rotunda during West Virginia Day in Charleston

21 June 2024- Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice participated in several West Virginia Day events, taking them from the State Capitol in Charleston to Independence Hall in Wheeling, commemorating the state’s 161st birthday.

“I’m honored to celebrate West Virginia’s 161st birthday surrounded by so many great people,” Gov. Justice said. “We have so much to be proud of in the Mountain State. The world is catching on to all the greatness West Virginia offers. It truly is the greatest state to live, work, and raise a family. I am beyond proud of what we have accomplished together, and I know the future for West Virginia will be just as bright.”

STATE CAPITOL MURAL DEDICATION

Gov. Justice and First Lady Justice opened the morning with a dedication for the four new murals in the Capitol rotunda, which depict iconic state scenes and landmarks from West Virginia’s rich history, including the Battle of Philippi, the Shiveree of Seneca Rock, Harpers Ferry in 1859, and the West Virginia State Seal.

Additional murals are being installed to fill the four pendentive spaces. The remaining murals are expected to be completed by November 2024.

“Our State Capitol is already one of the most stunning in the nation, and today, with these new murals, it’s even more beautiful,” Gov. Justice said. “I’ve always said that the arts are at the heart and soul of West Virginia—they’re a part of who we are. These beautiful murals tell our story, showcasing our rich history and what makes our state truly special.”

During the ceremony, West Virginia Ambassadors campers sang the National Anthem and West Virginia Hills. Cabell Midland High School student Brody Hammers also played a rendition of Take Me Home, Country Roads on the piano.

WEST VIRGINIA HOT DOG SAUCE CONTEST

First Lady Justice announced the winner of her West Virginia Birthday Hot Dog Sauce Contest during today’s celebration, which moved to the West Virginia Culture Center following the mural dedication.

Paige Toney of Grantsville was named the grand prize winner with her recipe, ‘Calhoun Band Booster.’ Paige, along with Jackie Blankenship, the former Band Director for Calhoun County High School, used their recipe for decades to raise funds for the school band.