This year the “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival.
Our featured Walk of Fame members for March are:
Smithsonian Folkways Collection.
Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky.
Country music has much of its roots in the legendary Carter Family of Maces Springs, Virginia. Their recordings of such songs as "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Keep on the Sunny Side" became country standards. The Carter Family was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988, and a commemorative postage stamp honoring them was issued in 1993.
Ollan Cassell was born in Nickelsville and attended Appalachia High School. At the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Cassell was a semifinalist in 400m and ran the opening leg in the American 4x400m relay team that won the gold medal with a new world record of 3:00.7.
John Fox, Jr.
Junius Griffin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from Stonega, Virginia who also served as a speech writer for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After Dr. King’s death, Griffin went to work at Motown Records, producing recordings of King’s speeches. He won a Grammy Award for these recordings.
Helen Timmons Henderson of Dickenson County was the first woman elected to the Virginia State Assembly. She became an effective advocate for Southwestern Virginia and worked tirelessly for better schools and roads.
Helen Timmons Henderson
Make sure you visit the site again in April and May for the next featured Walk of Fame members!
Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Parkis in Big Stone Gap, off U. S. 23, at the corner of W. First Street North and Wood Avenue. It is 14 miles south of Norton and 35 miles northwest of Kingsport, Tenn. The facility is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Neighboring areas of Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina are only a one to two hour drive away. Its address is 10 West First Street North, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.