LOGAN, W.Va. – The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will present Cora Lee Hairston, a Logan County resident, in a Black History program titled “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 11. The program is free and open to the public.
Hairston will share the story of Rosa Parks’ achievements beginning at 9 a.m. and continue to perform and answer questions for students and other visitors throughout the day.
Hairston is well-known throughout southern West Virginia as a musician, author and gospel music writer, and has been a speaker at area schools for years. She is a child advocate and 20-year veteran of the Logan County Improvement League. She also was the radiology coordinator for Logan General Hospital, retiring after 30 years of service.
Hairston has performed at the annual Aunt Jennie Festival and published her first novel, “Faces Behind the Dust,” in 2013. The book traces the challenges, triumphs and tragedies of a young black woman coming of age in the southern West Virginia coalfields in the 1950s and 1960s.
Visitors also are welcome to tour the Museum in the Park and see the current exhibits. They include We Are Marshall; Railroads and Coal Mining in Southern West Virginia; Dehue: A Special Place; Ron Moxley Collection; Buffalo Creek; Communities Grieve; Early Farming in West Virginia; West Virginians Answering the Call; and the General Store. Quilts, textiles, looms, spinning wheels and a Conestoga Wagon made in the 1880s in Berkeley County also are on display.
For more information about the “Rosa Parks Portrayal” or other programs at Museum in the Park, contact Deborah Durham, site manager of the facility, at 304-792-7229.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.