Rocky Gap welcome center showcases powerful Tazewell County women

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Since 1987, the month of March has been designated as Women’s History Month.

The Tazewell County Tourism office is taking advantage of the opportunity and highlighting six powerful women who helped make a difference in Tazewell County. The display is set up at the Virginia Welcome Center in Rocky Gap.

In addition to several others, the display features Katherine Johnston, featured in the film “Hidden Figures.” She was an employee and mathematician at NASA. Also featured in the display is Molly Tynes, famous for riding on horseback through the night to warn of an impending Union attack during the Civil War.

Tourism Relations Manager at the Rocky Gap Welcome Center, Amanda Slaughter, says several people have come in to reminisce on times when the featured women made a difference in their lives. “We had a group of ladies travel through yesterday and one of the ladies had actually been delivered by Dr. Mary. And another lady that was with her, one of her friends said Dr. Mary delivered all of her kids.”

The display will remain open to the public for the entire month of March.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Multimedia Journalist

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