Right now, the mountaintop removal mining industry is threatening one of our country’s most historic sites, Blair Mountain — the site of the largest labor uprising in U.S. history.
Sierra Club just filed a petition with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP) to make Blair Mountain off limits to mining.
In 1921, thousands of miners began a march to Mingo County, WV to unionize the southern West Virginia coal mines because conditions in the mines were terrible and the miners’ health was being destroyed.
Armed guards and deputies from the Mingo County Sheriff’s office met the miners at Blair Mountain and a battle raged for days. Eventually, the miners laid down their arms, but the battle led to the advancement of rights for workers across the country.
This week, hundreds and hundreds of people are reenacting the historic march in an effort to save Blair Mountain. They are marching to end mountaintop removal, preserve our history, strengthen the rights of working men and women, and send the message that Appalachia needs sustainable economic development.
Mountaintop removal coal mining has already destroyed 500 mountains and polluted thousands of miles of streams in Appalachia. Don’t let it destroy our history too.