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Photo courtesy of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia

The Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan (Oct. 16, 1922-April 24, 2001), an African-American preacher and social activist, was born in Charleston. He was the first African-American to serve on the board of General Motors. He also created the Sullivan Principles, which was among the most effective efforts to end the system of apartheid or racial separation. In November 1999, the United Nations adopted the "Global Sullivan Principles" as an international corporate code of conduct. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and received honorary degrees from more than 50 colleges and universities. In August 2000, the city of Charleston honored him by renaming a major thoroughfare Leon Sullivan Way.

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.