Wigginton, (B.) Eliot(1942– ) educator, author; born in Wheeling, W.Va. As a high school teacher in Rabun Gap, Ga., he initiated "Foxfire," an innovative program of student-initiated projects based on regional folklore. His Foxfire Fund (established 1966) and Foxfire manuals of traditional crafts and folklore (1972) helped to document southern Appalachian culture, train teachers, and establish similar programs nationwide.
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