1984

AUNT JENNIE WILSON

Aunt Jennie Wilson

Virginia Myrtle "Aunt Jennie" Wilson was born in 1900 near Henlawson in Logan County. She learned her banjo playing and ballad singing from the many talented family members and other musicians in her coalfield community. She was among the first women in her region to play the banjo. Strong-willed and articulate, Aunt Jennie became a folk legend in her later years and had a festival named in her honor. She passed away in 1992. Photograph by Michael Keller.

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