The West Virginia & Regional History Center and WVU Libraries will celebrate West Virginia Day 2021 with a program and exhibit focusing on the West Virginia mine wars, a series of strikes and battles between 1912 and 1921 that pitted pro-union miners against coal companies. Most notable was the Battle of Blair Mountain which observes its 100th anniversary this year.
The program will feature presentations by William Hal Gorby, Assistant Teaching Professor of History at WVU, and Charles B. Keeney, Assistant Professor of History at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, founding member of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, and author of The Road to Blair Mountain.
While the program will be presented online and is open to everyone, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the gallery exhibit will be open only to WVU affiliates. It will open to the public as soon as restrictions are lifted.