Re:Generation – Courage in the Hollers

“We’re developing a series of community-created public monuments within the rural Applahacian landscape that memorialize a history that was explicitly removed from educational curricula and that rarely appeared in history books. Why was this dramatic story suppressed? Because it was critical lived example of the power of cross-racial, multi-ethnic solidarity.”
–Shaun Slifer, Courage in the Hollers



In the heart of central Appalachian coalfields,
Courage in the Hollers: Mapping the Miners’ Struggle for a Union will commemorate the history of labor organizing by memorializing the Battle of Blair Mountain and celebrate the collective efforts of a multiethnic, multiracial working class who stood up against oppression 100 years ago in the rural landscape where it took place.

Team members include: Mackenzie New Walker, Erin Bates, Mike Johnson, Brian Lacy, Kirstyn Ooten, Shaun Slifer, Bobby Starnes, Terry Steele, and Kyle Warmack.
Local Partner Organization: West Virginia Mine Wars Museum
Social Media: @wvminewars @umwaunion

Keep exploring! Visit the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, the anchor institution of the Courage in the Hollers project: here

Credits

Courage in the Hollers: Mapping the Miners’ Struggle for a Union is a project of Monument Lab's Re:Generation, supported by the Mellon Foundation. For a full list of credits, see Re:Generation.

Images:
1: Team photo (Naomieh Jovin/Monument Lab)
2: Clothier/Sharples community kickoff monument meeting in February 2022 (Ric MacDowell)
3: Memory and Legacy of the West Virginia Mine Wars, permanent exhibition in the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, Matewan, WV. (Roger May)
4: Students from Morgantown Learning Academy inside the Museum learning the power of the red bandana (Kenzie New Walker)
5: Marmet community kickoff monument meeting in February 2022 (Shaun Slifer)