Redneck Pride and Power is Revived in West Virginia
This winter thousands of teachers across the state took up the tradition of our Mine Wars predecessors, by standing up for their rights to fair pay and a decent living.
Some striking teachers even donned red bandanas, recalling the uniform of miners from the Mine Wars era.
We were proud to see this sign of our hertiage on display and even prouder to see our fellow working women and men showing us what powerful unions look like today in West Virginia.
Thanks to the WV Mine Wars Members who Make this Work Possible!
We've just wrapped up our second member drive and 163 of you have stepped up to show your solidarity! It's incredible. Here's why:
Last year after our first member drive, we were able to raise 80% of our annual budget from individual contributions like these. That means members--people like you who give $3.50 or $10.00 or $25.00 a month--are what makes The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum sustain and grow.
We want to take this opportunity to say, thank you. It's incredible to have 163 members on our team this year!
Want to join the new members that have said "Yes!" to promoting this history? Here's how.
NEH to Fund Blair Centennial Project!
On August 2, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is the recipient of a $30,000 challenge grant for The Blair Centennial Project, our long-term plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 2021!
The five-day Battle of Blair Mountain unfolded on the border of Boone and Logan counties and pitted unionist coal miners against local law enforcement and citizen militias. The Blair Centennial Celebration will consist of five days of fun, interpretive activities spread out across the coalfield counties where the conflict took place.
The NEH grant committee called the Blair Centennial Project “A bold and collaborative effort to use the humanities to foster cultural tourism and give a challenged community hope for the future through respect for the past.”
Thank you to our partners the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Labor History Association, the UMWA Local 1440, the National Coal Heritage Area, the West Virginia Preservation Alliance, the West Virginia Community Development Hub, and Eliza Newland at the Watts Museum for your support!