Take a moment to enjoy “My Home Among the Hills” performed by the West Virginia Wesleyan College Choir.

The song, a favorite in the Mountain State, was written by Clarksburg native E.W. James Jr. in 1963 as part of a play he helped write for West Virginia’s centennial celebration.

James was very active in the arts community in the region. He was a member of the Clarksburg-Harrison Cultural Foundation, West Virginia Arts and Humanities Commission, and served as chairman of the Clarksburg-Harrison Arts Council. James also directed the Madrigal Singers of Clarksburg for many years and composed numerous choral works for the group, as well as anthems for his church, First United Methodist Church in downtown Clarksburg.

James passed away in 2000 at the age of 84.

Learn more about E.W. James Jr. here.

Note: This article was originally posted on February 28, 2016.

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