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Mtn. News: Celebrations, Memorials, & Cooperatives

Mtn. News: Celebrations, Memorials, & Cooperatives

In this episode we’ll hear stories of eastern Kentucky’s second ever pride festival, hemp growers in the region forming cooperatives, a dedication to miners who’ve died of black lung in Letcher County, and some results of a survey by a group called “What’s Next EKY.”

A performer at Pikeville Pride 2019. Photo by Rachel Garringer for Country Queers.


First, on Saturday October 12th in the Pikeville City park more than 500 people gathered for eastern Kentucky’s second ever pride festival. Drag performers and musicians from KY, TN, and NC performed. Organizers served free pizza and rainbow cupcakes. Dogs in rainbow hats and bandanas paraded across the plaza, and LGBTQ Kentuckians and their allies of all ages gathered for celebration. WMMT’s Rachel Garringer spoke with several attendees about the event.

Then, WMMT’s Sydney Boles brings us a story about the unveiling of a memorial in Whitesburg’s Riverside Park on Sunday October 13th, honoring the memory of 200 miners who have died of Black Lung.

New memorial in Whitesburg, KY honors the memory of miners who have died of Black Lung Disease. Photo by Sydney Boles.

From our friend’s at WEKU we bring you a segment from Eastern Standard. In this piece, Tom Martin spoke with Betsy Whaley of MACED and Dan Click of Grayson Gallery & Art Center about the results of a survey conducted by What’s Next EKY. The mission of the organization is to encourage collaborations across county lines.

And last in this episode, from Ohio Valley Resource reporter Liam Neimeyer, we hear from Appalachian hemp growers who working together to form farmers cooperatives.

Music on this episode features Tom Blesdoe & Rich Kirby with a tune called “If Wishes were Gold.”  Marley Green hosted this week’s show, which was produced by Rachel Garringer.






appalachian history,
arts & culture,
black lung,
coal industry,