Saving the mountain and preserving history

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Today is the deadline for comments to be heard concerning Blair Mountain in West Virginia, being set aside as a historical landmark or whether the coal operators will level Blair Mountain.

It’s a fight that has gone on for a long time, even after the initial battle there in 1921. If you are not familiar with Blair Mountain, here is a synopsis.

According to the opening paragraph of the account in Wikipedia, Blair Mountain was the site of one of the “largest labor uprisings in United States history and one of the largest, best-organized, and most well-armed uprisings since the American Civil War.”

Back in 2016, my friend Steve Gilly, the co-host of “Stories: A History of Appalachia”, and I recorded a podcast about Blair Mountain and the history of this significant event.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again

Roderick A. Mullins photo and artwork - 2017You can’t blame the Dickenson County Historical Society for trying. What’s the old saying? If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. 

Somewhere, Abraham Lincoln who did not succeed in a number of his attempts in life has to be smiling.

Smiling that the historical society is not only persistent but determined to reach their goal of getting DMHS and doing something with it.

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When does a memorial cease to become a memorial? When it involves money

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Dickenson Memorial and Industrial High School in Clintwood, VA

(Previous blog post on DMHS and a recent podcast)

It’s Thursday, June 22nd, and I am preparing myself to head to my hometown of Clintwood, in the heart of economically depressed Appalachia, what was once “Coal Country” and the home of “King Coal”, to report on a county board of supervisors meeting.

Tonight, the agenda will discuss many topics, including taking a vote on a 2017-18 FY budget of 25 million dollars. A no-frills budget with room for very little spending in a county that has little or no economic growth or motivators at present, nothing going for it because either the people are so set in their ways or the political leaders that make decisions that don’t want change.

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