June 5, 2019 CONTACT: Sean Brickell, APR, Fellow PRSA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MATTHEW FONTAINE MAURY, DR. RALPH STANLEY
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Commodore Mathew Fontaine Maury and Dr. Ralph Stanley are inducted into Virginia Legends Walk as the Class of 2019. Both received the highest percentage of votes and achieved the minimum requirement of being chosen on 50 percent of all returned judges' ballots. Both Legends were among the Top Five named nominees the previous year.
Born in 1927 in Stratton, Dr. Ralph Stanley led his group The Clinch Mountain Boys. He introduced his influential and his distinctive singing along with a unique technique of banjo playing, now known worldwide as "Stanley style," distinguished by incredibly fast "forward rolls" led by the index finger (instead of the thumb), sometimes in the higher registers using a capo. In "Stanley style," the rolls of the banjo are continuous, while being picked fairly close to the bridge on the banjo, giving the tone of the instrument a very crisp, articulate snap to the strings as the player would strike them.
The Top Ten runners-up in this year's election are in order: country music icons The Statler Brothers (45.3); rock superstar Dave Matthews; emancipation champion Dred Scott; Revolutionary War hero "Light Horse" Harry Lee; America's first successful business person John Rolf; first American female to charter a bank Maggie Walker; multi-faceted entertainment superstar Pharrell Williams; Academy Award winner actor George C. Scott; Civil War hero "Jeb" Stuart; and civil rights champion Nat Turner.
Virginia Beach officials estimate that millions of resort visitors and area residents have toured Virginia Legends Walk since its introduction. The Walk was created as a free, permanent living monument to honor great Virginians and is located one block from the Virginia Beach oceanfront at 13th Street.
Virginia Legends Walk has eight U.S. Presidents (from George Washington to Woodrow Wilson), five celebrated generals, ten internationally known musicians, and other key historical figures from the Commonwealth.
A complete list and bios of all 42 Virginians honored in Virginia Legends Walk can be found online at va-legends.com. Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 candidates by completing the online application (also at va-legends.com) or by calling 800.333.6397.
Virginia Legends Walk honors Virginians, by birth or residence, who have made significant contributions to the nation and the world.