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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will announce plans for West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration.

The announcement is set for Thursday morning on the steps of the state Capitol.

The celebration is planned to take place June 20 to June 23.

In 2009, then-Gov. Joe Manchin appointed a sesquicentennial commission made up primarily of historians and scholars to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry, the formation of the state and other events.

That commission, originally funded with $100,000, will serve through 2015.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger represents the Legislature on the commission.

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