EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSThursday Marks 150th Anniversary Of State Seal
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 25, 2013 5:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 5:19 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Great Seal of West Virginia turns 150 years old on Thursday.
The seal, which features the state’s motto, “Montani Semper Liberi,” depicts a coal miner and a farmer, representing industry and agriculture, along with a rock engraved with the date of West Virginia’s statehood. It was adopted by the state lawmakers on Sept. 26, 1863.
The West Virginia Constitution states the seal is to be kept by the West Virginia secretary of state, to be used officially, as directed by law.
“West Virginia has come so far in the past 150 years, and yet here is something that our founding fathers would recognize,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said in a news release. “This is a direct link to our founding in Wheeling and to people like Francis Pierpont, Arthur Boreman, Waitman Willey, and John Carlile.”
The Secretary of State’s office has a life-sized state seal, used at events like the State Fair of West Virginia, which citizens can step inside and be a part of for photos.
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