“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Osage in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Eleanor Roosevelt


Eleanor Roosevelt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 14, 2021
1. Eleanor Roosevelt Marker
Inscription.  First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited Scott's Run in 1933 in the height of the Great Depression when FDR was creating the New Deal. She visited households without fanfare (including Lou Birurakis' mother) and even went into the mines. Upon seeing the abject poverty conditions, she lobbied for residents of Scott's Run to be relocated to the first planned homestead community of Arthurdale. Though Eleanor wanted all to go, politics in Washington, DC and neighbors of the community in Preston County were not so willing. An 18-page test was devised that essentially screened out black and foreign-born families of Scott's Run. This disturbed the First Lady, who was a member of the NAACP and friends with Mary McLeod Bethune, one of FDR's "black cabinet” advisors. Though she couldn't bring all of those to Arthurdale that she wanted, she spent the rest of her life fighting for Civil Rights, which still endears her to the Scott's Run community.
Erected by Scott's Run Museum & Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Civil RightsGovernment & PoliticsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Eleanor Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Mary McLeod Bethune series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 39° 39.537′ N, 80° 0.487′ W. Marker is in Osage, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is at the intersection of Scotts Run Road (County Road 19/25) and Number Three Hill Road (County Road 19/26), on the right when traveling south on Scotts Run Road. The marker is a short walk south of the Scott's Run Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 461 Scotts Run Road, Osage WV 26543, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. They Counted (here, next to this marker); Scott's Run Railway Co. (here, next to this marker); Christopher No. 3 Mine Tragedy (a few steps from this marker); Music (a few steps from this marker); Osage Spot (within shouting distance of this marker); Bunny Hop (within shouting
Eleanor Roosevelt Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, June 14, 2021
2. Eleanor Roosevelt Marker
Marker can be seen on the far right.
distance of this marker); Scotts Run / The First Shack (approx. ¾ mile away); Scott’s Run Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Osage.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023