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336 Mate St.
Matewan, WV 25678


The WV Mine Wars Museum preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. The museum is dedicated to educating the public about the events of the Mine Wars era, including the history of the United Mine Workers of America in the local area; the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913; the 1920 Matewan Massacre; and the 1921 Miners March leading to Battle of Blair Mountain. Finally, it aims to educate youth, promote heritage tourism, and foster local economic development.



April 29th: Mother Jones Birthday Bash!

6pm-8pm @ The Mine Wars Museum in Matewan

   We're teaming up with museums across the region on Saturday, April 28th, to celebrate Mother Jones' 180 Birthday! Join us for cake, party games, music, and a chance to explore the legacy of this incredible labor organizer.

   Why the fuss? We believe that Mother Jones' efforts in West Virginia has much to teach us about this moment in our country--about how the rich have pitted working people against each other to protect their own wealth, about how fights for our rights as Americans are won over decades and centuries, and about how it takes communities of people working together across difference to win and protect those rights.

   What better way to dive into this history than a party for one of its heroes? Get ready for trivia, prizes, and some lessons from Mother Jones. We hope you'll join in for the fun. All ages are welcome! RSVP on facebook here.

The new Miner's Memorial exhibit is now on display!

   Beginning this April, you can find the new Miner's Memorial exhibit on display in our storefront in Matewan. While there, you can make a check tag in memory of a fallen miner. Check out the video display, great photos and stories of mine disasters in the area too. Special thanks to those of you that joined us on August 6th for the big unveiling!

First visit to our site? Watch this video for an introduction to the Museum's work...

A lot has been written and said about the mine wars, but it has usually been somebody else’s interpretation of the story. This is the first time that our people are in charge of the narrative, our own history.
— Volunteer Wilma Steele