Pittston Miners, Striking, 1989, St. Paul, VA.
Pittston Miners, Striking, St. Paul, VA.
Pittston Miners, Striking/Praying, St. Paul, VA.
Renatta Kincaid, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA
Earl and Elonore Kincaid, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
Miss Willie Yancy, Sawmill Hollow, Dante VA.
'Tucker' Tom Taylor, Retired Miner with black lung disease, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
Sawmill Hollow, Dante, January 2014 (original coal company house)
Roy Maybry, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
James Mabry, retired miner, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
Kayne, Lily and James grandson, Maybry home, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
Lily Mabry, Sawmill Hollow, Dante, VA.
Dante was once the headquarters of the Clinchfield Coal Corporation
Bobby Gullet, Director of the Dante Museum, VA.
Renatta Kincaid greets neighbors in Sawmill Hollow. Renata moved off the Hollow over 20 years ago and married Jim Blevins and lives in near by Castlewood
Renatta Kincaid greets neighbors in Sawmill Hollow who returned for the reunion in August 2014
Renatta Kincaid visits with Otis (retired miner) Castelwood, VA.
St Paul, VA.
Bruce Burke, miner, St Paul, VA.
MTR is a radically destructive form of surface mining.
Coal companies bulldoze the forest on top of a mountain, decapitate the peaks with explosives, shove the shattered rubble into adjacent valleys and destroy the head- water streams and communities.
It takes as few as 12 men to destroy a mountain.
Kayford Mountain, Cabin Creek, WV. has largely been destroyed by MTR - 7,500 acres of what used to be a forested and towering mountain range. The blue/green color in the foreground is hydro seed, a chemical that is used to replace the pre-exiting topsoil.
Contaminated water samples
Slurry Impoundment (After the coal is washed what is left is a slurry of contamination). These dams have broken with disasterous consequences on communities below.
Family Cemeteries on top of MTR sites. Families can not go to their relative's graves without special permission from the coal companies and a police escort.
Twisted Gun Golf Course, Wharncliff, West Virginia. This course was built on an MTR site. This is what reclamation looks like.
Kathy Selvage, Southern Appalachian Stewards, Wise County, VA.
Marie House, Miner, Activist for miner's rights, St Paul, VA.
Maria Gunnoe, Activist, Environmentalist, Bob White, WV.
Jena Patton, Clinchco, VA. Jena and her family mortgaged their house a number of times during the strike to pay the bail fees for miners who were arrested during the protests. She also housed and fed their children.
Larry Gibson Jr (fighting to stop MTR on Kayford Mountain. The land has been in the Gibson family for 220 years). Standing by his father's grave, Kayford Mountain, WV.
Susan Lapis, Flies activists, journalists, conservationists, students (etc) over MTR sites, VA, WV.
Frieda Williams, Activist, Spokesperson, Whitesville, WV.
James Mabry planting gardens where houses used to be in his vanishing community, Dante, VA.
MTR protestor, Kayford Mountain, WV.