Annabelle Lee

Roots of Human Trafficking in Coal Country

Special Post for National Slavery & Human Trafficking Awareness Month – January 2021.  Origins of sex trafficking in West Virginia Coal Country may be traced to a story a woman shared about her great grandmother. When the grandmother was a girl in the 1920s she, along with other girls and young women from their town,… Read More.

Labor Day – The Gift WV Miners Died For

On Labor Day we pay tribute to the workers of our country. We especially want to thank the West Virginia coal miners and their families who suffered through severe punishment and even death in trying to organize to join the United Mine Workers in the early 1900s, bringing an end to the industrialized police-state of… Read More.

West Virginia Day – June 20th

June 20th is celebrated as an annual state holiday in West Virginia. In the years leading up to the Civil War in 1861, discord over slavery, representation, and taxation had grown between the eastern and western sides of what was then the State of Virginia. On June 20th, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state… Read More.

Introducing Devil in the Hills

Devil In The Hills is about storytelling through music. The stories come from people who lived in coal camps at the dawn of the 20th century when West Virginia was transitioning from being a self-sufficient, mostly agrarian economy, to being the energy resource that fueled the Second Industrial Revolution and the enormous wealth of a… Read More.

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