Augusta Presents: Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial

Augusta Presents: Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial

MADWV Member Augusta Heritage Center is proudly collaborating with the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and the Blair Centennial Committee to produce an incredible event that remembers and celebrates a critical moment in labor rights history.

The event will take place at the Charleston Coliseum Convention Center on Friday September 3, 2021 fat 7pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at Blair100.com.

Join virtuosic blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins, a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellow, and Augusta folklife coordinator emeritus Gerry Milnes, the two musical powerhouses behind the soundtrack to the movie “Matewan.” They’ll be joined by Heather Hannah, a songwriter and third-generation harmony singer from the coalfields of West Virginia. Appalachian ballad singer, Saro-Lynch Thomason, will open the performance.

Between musical acts, learn the history of the music surrounding Blair Mountain, with short talks by West Virginia State Folklorist Emily Hilliard and beloved vocalist Doris “Lady D” Fields, who grew up in the coal camps of Southern West Virginia. Poet and activist Crystal Good will remotely perform her poem, “Civil Up & Rising.”
Before the show (4 pm-7 pm), traditional string bands led by Kim Johnson and Jesse Milnes will perform in the lobby. Master of traditional West Virginian dances Mack Samples will give a dance clinic.
For more information about all of the events planned, visit www.Blair100.com. Tickets for the live show are very limited as most seats will remain empty to allow for proper distancing. This concert will also live stream on Augusta’s Facebook page and Youtube channel.

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