The NASA IV & V facility in Fairmont will have a new name to honor West Virginia native Katherine Johnson.
Johnson’s contributions to the space program through mathematical calculations became well known with the release of the movie “Hidden Figures” in 2016.
In 2017, former state delegate Jill Upson, who is now the executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, spearheaded an effort to get the facility renamed after Johnson.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate, which passed both houses in August and was recently signed into law by President Trump.
“Not only was helping to create Katherine Johnson Day a great accomplishment on behalf of this brilliant West Virginian, but renaming the NASA IV & V facility for her elevates her achievements in math and science to a national level. Dr. Johnson literally changed the world and she is worthy of this high honor,” Upson said.
Johnson, who was born in White Sulphur Springs, turned 100 last August.