March to Draw Attention to WV Site

Groups trying to save Blair Mountain are planning a five-day march to draw attention to both the site of a historic labor battle and the practice of mountaintop-removal mining.

Scene of actual fighting at Blair Mountain, showing armed Logan County deputies repulsing the attack of miners in the dense thickets hundreds of feet to their front. (Courtesy: Charleston Gazette, September 10, 1921)

Groups trying to save Blair Mountain are planning a five-day march to draw attention to both the site of a historic labor battle and the practice of mountaintop-removal mining.

The Friends of Blair Mountain Website says the event is set to begin in Marmet June 6. Labor union members, preservationists, environmental activists and others plan to march ten miles a day, arriving in Blair June 11 and making the final push to the mountain's crest.

Blair Mountain was briefly added to the National Register of Historic Places, then removed when landowners complained. Federal law bars sites from inclusion when a majority of landowners object.

The event commemorates the 90th anniversary of the 1921 uprising by organizing coal miners.

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