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336 Mate St.
Matewan, WV 25678
USA

304-663-2202

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.

 

NEW Red(neck) Bandana

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We're so thrilled to now offer one-of-a-kind West Virginia Mine Wars Museum merchandise online!

Because we are a small volunteer-led operation, purchases will be shipped weekly, each Friday. Please anticipate this shipping schedule when placing your order. 

NEW Red(neck) Bandana

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NEW Red(neck) Bandana

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We've got a new bandana in stock! This one has our official museum seal, screenprinted in black, surrounded by a traditional black-and-white paisley, on a vibrant red bandana. This is a genuine Hav-a-Hank: 100% cotton and made here in the USA!

Do you know where the term “redneck” really comes from? The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum preserves the little-known history of an era (~1910-1921) when white, Black, and immigrant miners and their families fought militantly for their basic human rights, culminating in what would become the largest armed uprising of US citizens since the American Civil War: the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921. During this guerrilla war in the Appalachian coalfields, 10,000+ striking miners wore red bandanas around their necks to identify themselves on the battlefield against the white-armband-wearing, industry-funded opposition.

Although the term "redneck" predates the Mine Wars era, this period is often understood as the birth of the term as slang in America. It was originally used in the popular media to denigrate an Appalachian working class uprising as backwards, uneducated, and dangerous, and the stereotype and negative use of the term persists today. Reclaiming this word is part of our strategy for bringing this history into the present!

Fabric edges are serged. Bandana is 22" square. They could stand to be washed a couple of times to get ‘em soft like you’ll want…

100% Cotton, Made in USA, screenprinted in Greenville, South Carolina.

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