Spirit of West Virginia

The Spirit of West Virginia

by C. Paul Jennewein, 1950

Located at the State Capitol Complex, State Office Building 3, Main Entrance on Washington St.

This relief in terra cotta depicts the allegorical figure of the Spirit of West Virginia standing near a rhododendron bush, the State flower. She is surrounding by scenes depicting the State’s industries, including farming, timber, mining, and steel. The state motto beneath her translates to “Mountaineers Are Always Free.”

The Spirit of West Virginia

 

Images and text courtesy of the Charleston Public Art Guide

Charleston Public Art Guide front cover

The Spirit of West Virginia
The Spirit of West Virginia