Memories of his Father

Miners and their families faced stiff resistance to union organization in the 1920s. Coal companies countered union efforts by hiring and transporting replacement workers and evicting the families of organizing workers from company towns.

Ed Barnes recalls a family story about the violence his father, Jennings B. Barnes, encountered from the company and the state when organizing in the coal mines of Pursglove, West Virginia. Though his father survived and later became an electrician with the IBEW, Ed describes that Jennings died in 1977 with the two bullets from this experience still inside him.

OHS Serial Number: 11185, Ed Barnes: Tape 1, Side 2 March 24, 2008 : Excerpt Transcript

 

OHS Serial Number: 11185, Ed Barnes: Tape 1, Side 2 March 24, 2008 : Excerpt Transcript 

 

 

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