Man donates Sir Walter Raleigh painting to county

Local - 6/18/2013 5:01 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A Beckley resident took it upon himself to gift his county with a special painting in time for West Virginia's 150th birthday.

Jack McVey presented the Raleigh County Commission with a painting of Sir Walter Raleigh Tuesday, which was completed by a Russian artist and shipped to the United States.

The artwork, which took six months to paint, was inspired by McVey's family's connection with the state. He told Newswatch that his great-great-grandfather, Richard McVey, was a surveyor in town.

Jack McVey was happy to give a gift to a county which has done so much for him.

"I had not seen a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh that I though befit this county, and I thought, 'Why not see if I can do it?' and if you don't dare or dream, you don't achieve," he told WOAY.

Commissioners at the meeting said the painting may hang in the judicial building for everyone to see.

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