Black Coal: The African-American Miners of West Virginia’s Southern Coalfields
By 1917, one in every three miners working in the Pocahontas Field were black, the majority of whom worked the hardest, worst-paying jobs of loader and laborer: digging, loading, and hauling the coal in dangerous underground conditions.
It’s Time to Talk About West Virginia’s Slaves
While West Virginia's’s 5-7 percent slave population may seem small compared to states like Mississippi and Virginia, aggregate numbers hide a much larger story. Slaveholders dominated the state’s economy in the antebellum period, owning between 33-40 percent of land in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, and they translated their wealth into disproportionate political and social power.
Talking with Ghosts: A Multimedia Journey through the Underground Railroad
"So often we hear the stories about the kind of suffering and victimization that enslaved people had to live with, but we don’t necessarily hear about all of the planning, brother and sisterhood, secrecy, action and attempts that were being made to seek freedom," says Pittsburgh-based artist Kelsey Robinson, "I want people to hear more of these stories."
Country Roads: How John Denver’s Hit Became the World’s Most Popular Song
“Country Roads” was a global hit almost from the moment it premiered, with German, Danish, Italian, Greek and even Hindi versions — along with many more —hitting the market within a decade. Even Eastern European countries took to the song, with Slovenian, Czech and Romanian artists producing versions that remain popular. Give them a listen.