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Guest column: Understanding out past, appreciating our future

March 30, 2013
By DEL. RANDY SWARTZMILLER , Weirton Daily Times

West Virginians will celebrate a monumental year in 2013. The 35th state was admitted into the Union 150 years ago during a grim time in our country's history. June 20, 2013 marks the Sesquicentennial of Statehood for West Virginia. West Virginia is well known due to the fact that the autonomy of the state was attained in a rather uncommon way. West Virginia is the only state to gain independence from a Confederate state and is also the only state in the Union that obtained sovereignty by proclamation of a United States President.

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