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Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial Celebration

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Throughout 1921, coal miners in West Virginia gathered in secret to organize with United Mine Workers of America. The miners were seeking better wages and working conditions, including an end to the violent practices of mine guards. The struggle culminated in the Battle of Blair Mountain, which remains the largest labor uprising in US history.

Over Labor Day Weekend, a coalition of organizations, including the UMWA and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, commemorated the event’s hundredth anniversary with a weekend of storytelling, speeches, and song.

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