BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
The Beckley-Register Herald shared a story recently about the first roadside marker going up in Alderson, WV through the Legends and Lore Marker program, run through the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and West Virginia Humanities Council’s Folklife Program.
The deadline to apply for the next round of this program is October 1! Check out more information on the WV Folklife Program website »
“A new roadside marker commemorating the famed Alderson lion, ‘French,’ will be dedicated… The marker will be placed near a striking metal sculpture of the lion that was created and installed in 2017 by Michael Loop.
Local residents are well-versed in the story of the circus lion cub that was rescued and raised by an Alderson woman in the 1890s. As the lion grew, he occasionally wandered away from his home and strolled the streets of Alderson, much to the dismay of townsfolk. After he frightened a salesman into jumping into the Greenbrier River to escape, the town council passed a law requiring “all lions” in Alderson to be properly leashed.”