Imagine a collection of vintage photographs of some of southern
West Virginia’s most important musicians. Add a listening station
with songs from many of those artists and you’ll have an idea of
what to expect if you visit the WV Music Hall of Fame's two
“Music of the Coalfields” exhibits.

With many photos dating back to the early-1900s, there are rare
photos of Maceo Pinkard, who penned “Sweet Georgia Brown,”
the well-known theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters, regional
promoter Ralph Weinberg (pictured with boxer Jack Dempsey)
and a striking photo of Duke Ellington performing to a packed hall
in Bluefield in the 1950s. Other photos feature the Ink Spots
(which included Bluefield pianist Bobby Benson), a young, fiddling
Sen. Byrd, Hazel Dickens, Aunt Jennie Wilson and Boone County
psychobilly pioneer, Hasil Adkins.

The exhibits have been on display throughout West Virginia. For
information about hosting either of the exhibits, call the WV Music
HoF office at 304/342.4412 or email