Coal Country, in Black and White, 1968-1973,
by Jeanne Rasmussen (1934-1992)
June 3 August 28, 2008
Curated by Kevin O'Donnell and Megan Kearns. Text for exhibit and graphics written by Kevin O'Donnell.
Photo by Henry Wilson
Residents of Appalachian coal communities are sometimes offended by images of regional poverty.
Since the 1870s, when industrial-scale coal extraction began in Appalachia, mining has provided jobs in coal country.
Strip Mining Machinery
By the late 1960s, coal mining was becoming increasingly automated, and strip mining was likewise becoming more common.
Buffalo Creek Disaster
Buffalo Creek Aftermath