In this episode we bring you two stories from the Southern Foodways Alliance award winning podcast: Gravy! Both stories lead us on an exploration of history, culture, identity, and place, all through the lens of food.
In this episode we bring you an interview with Rashid Johnson who spoke with Benny Becker by phone from the Sussex 1 State Prison. He talks about unjust prison conditions he has experienced personally, and he talks about organizing inside prisons, historically and today, through his discussion of the 2018 National Prison Strike, taking place from August 21st - September 9th 2018.
In August 1921 some 10,000 miners took up arms against local & state police and federal troops, demanding better working and living conditions in the southern WV coal camps at the Battle of Blair Mountain. It was the largest labor uprising in U.S. History, and in this episode we talk with folks working today to preserve this history at the WV Mine Wars Museum and at Friends of Blair Mountain.
In this episode we’re learning about a new App developed right here in Letcher County, that launches August 2018 in conjunction with Jenkins Homecoming Days. The app, Jenkins: A City Built on Coal, is a virtually guided walking and driving tour. Users are guided on the tour by oral history recordings of nine local residents who share memories of 14 different locations throughout the town.