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8:29 am
Mon December 8, 2014

December 8, 1854: Glassmaker William Blenko Born in England

The Blenko factory still operates in Milton. Blenko stained glass can be found in Washington’s National Cathedral and the U.S. Air Force Academy chapel in Colorado, among other places.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

Glassmaker William Blenko was born in England on December 8, 1854. In his late thirties, he immigrated to the United States and tried to produce stained glass for a living. Unfortunately, business after business failed—until he wound up in the Cabell County town of Milton in 1921.

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Slavery in Cabell County
3:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Maurice Sanders: “I’m A Proud Descendent of Slaves”

A Michigan man paid a visit to Cabell County last week to see where his ancestors were once slaves.

Maurice Sanders is from Michigan, where most of his family lived for the majority of his life. His visit to Marshall’s campus and to Huntington last week on the surface is not unlike other visitors. What makes Sanders visit special, is that much of his family tree in the 1800’s was once enslaved in the area that is now Milton in Cabell County. It’s just up Route 60 from Huntington. They visited the grave site of Sampson Sanders, the man who owned Maurice’s ancestors, Friday.

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