PARKERSBURG -- West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Larry V. Starcher delivered the keynote speech Oct. 10 at West Virginia University Parkersburg's Fifth Annual Appalachian Heritage Day.

After his speech, Starcher answered questions in the college's community room. Starcher's speech focused on his childhood in Roane County. He related his experiences to the Appalachian heritage themes of self-sufficiency and fatalism.

Tom Rodd, Starcher's Senior Law Clerk, spoke in another location about "J.R. Clifford and the African American Influence on West Virginia's Courts." Rodd is the author of a play about Clifford, West Virginia's first African American attorney.

Appalachian Heritage Day events included craft demonstrations, Appalachian music and dance, games, and presentations on Appalachian industries and Native American culture.

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