Officials honor General Hugh Mercer, dedicate courthouse art

In this file photo from 2017, Richard Grogan, then Vice-President of the General Hugh Mercer Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, spoke at the Mercer County Courthouse on Monday during a dedication ceremony for two new pieces of art in the County Commission Chambers

PRINCETON — A Princeton resident is set to be recognized as a West Virginia hero during West Virginia History Day in Charleston.

On February 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Legislature program at the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex, Richard G. Grogan, will be recognized. Grogan was nominated for the recognition by the General Hugh Mercer chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

According to a release from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History the award is given to those who have diligently worked to contribute to either local or state history through preservation, research, publication or interpretation.

Grogan currently serves as the vice president of the General Hugh Mercer Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and previously served as the president. According to the release Grogan has organized local events as well as worked alongside organizations such as the Mercer County Those Served War Museum.

He served as the emcee for the first “Walk of Honor” program at the museum to honor veterans. Residents may recognize him from his former time as a civics and history teacher in the area.

The celebration was created in 1977 by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission to highlight the state’s history, the release states. At the annual event organizations from throughout the state set up historical displays within the capitol.

For the 24th year, three dozen separate organizations have signed up to set up displays in the capitol’s rotunda.

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