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This week in West Virginia history

Mar. 21, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

Charleston -- The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more about West Virginia's people, places, history, arts, science and culture, go to www.wvencyclopedia.org.

MARCH 21, 1914: The West Virginia boys' high school basketball tournament began in Buckhannon. The event was first sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, which at the time had West Virginia's largest and finest gymnasium. Invitations were issued to Elkins and Wheeling, each of which claimed basketball supremacy in 1914. Elkins High emerged triumphant.

MARCH 22, 1922: Physician Mildred Mitchell-Bateman was born in Georgia. She became the first black woman in West Virginia to hold a high-level state administrative position when, in 1962, Governor William Wallace Barron appointed her as the director of the Department of Mental Health. The Huntington State Hospital was renamed the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in her honor in 1999.

MARCH 23, 2003: Private Jessica Lynch of Palestine, Wirt County, was serving as a supply clerk when she was captured by Iraqi forces after her group was ambushed. On April 1, a military team launched a night-time raid on an Iraqi hospital and rescued her.

MARCH 24, 1890: Confederate General William Lowther ''Mudwall'' Jackson died in Louisville. Jackson served on the staff of his cousin, Gen. Thomas J. ''Stonewall'' Jackson, and was jokingly nicknamed ''Mudwall.''

MARCH 26, 1863: The state's first constitution was overwhelmingly ratified by a vote of 28,321 to 572.

e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, developed by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is an interactive reference site showcasing West Virginia's history, culture, and people. e-WV is free of charge and available to anyone with access to a computer and Internet connection. For more information, contact the West Virginia Humanities Council, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-346-8500; or visit e-WV at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

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