Folk Singer Being Buried in WV Cemetery

People are gathering in Princeton to remember the late folk singer Hazel Dickens.

Courtesy: David Gahr (via the National Endowment for the Arts)

People are gathering in Princeton to remember the late folk singer Hazel Dickens.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting says services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Seaver Funeral Home, with visitation an hour beforehand. She'll be buried in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Dickens was also a bluegrass musician who advocated for coal miners. She died last week at age 75.

Dickens grew up in Mercer County and left West Virginia as a teenager to follow siblings to Baltimore's shipyards and factories.

She got her start by playing music with others who'd left the mountains for work and became a fixture in the bluegrass circuit in the 1960s and 1970s with her partner, Alice Gerrard.

Her music was later featured in "Harlan County, USA," a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary about Kentucky coal miners.

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