On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia on the condition that it would gradually abolish slavery. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective sixty days later on June 20, 1863.
"West Virginia Day" became a legal holiday by Chapter 59, Acts of the Legislature, Regular Session, 1927.
June 20th - West Virginia Day
West Virginia Day became a legal state holiday by Chapter 59, Acts of the Legislature, Regular Session, 1927 (WVC Þ2-2-1)