Pearl S. Buck sits for a book signing in the library at Pocahontas County High School November 20, 1970. Standing behind her, left to right are: Senior Class President Rick Wilmore, Jetta Bowyer and Lois Sharp. The noted author and humanitarian was in the county to promote the restoration of her birthplace in Hillsboro. In its November 26 edition, The Pocahontas Times wrote: “Pearl Buck concluded her tour of West Virginia with a visit to our new Pocahontas County High School last Friday. She spoke on ‘her several worlds’ and the ‘generation gap’ between the older nations of Asia with 5,000 years of history and the younger western nations. She charged the students with the importance of learning more about the other people of the world and somehow to learn to live in peace.” Pearl S. Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “The Good Earth” and was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Preserving Pocahontas Archives, Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Collection; ID: PSB000231)
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