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Photo courtesy of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Walter Dean Myers, regarded as one of the most influential writers of juvenile fiction, was born Walter Milton Myers, Aug. 12, 1937, in Martinsburg. Myers has published more than 85 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, many dealing with the concerns of minority children. He has received numerous literary awards. Myers was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress.

Gallery: Famous West Virginians

Jun. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

West Virginia was once considered home for many famous faces. Here are some of the famous people with ties to West Virginia.