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#TheHistoryProject - Joseph H. Diss Debar - French Immigrant Who Shaped State's Identity


​Every West Virginian knows that “Mountaineers Are Always Free” but what many may not know is that our state motto was a quick addition to our state seal by its designer. A Frenchman came to the mountains and blended the imagery of his old and new homes to give West Virginia its symbolism.​

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