SCARBRO, W.Va. -- Blair Pathways, a multi-media project, is sponsoring a reception Aug. 18 to honor the West Virginia Mine Wars, especially the Battle of Blair Mountain that began in late August 1921.During the reception, the group will release a new CD offering a wide selection of historic music from Appalachia's mine wars performed by more than 25 contemporary singers and musicians.Each song touches on a major event during union struggles in West Virginia during the early 20th century.The reception, which will feature performances by several nationally recognized musicians will last from 3 to 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Whipple Company Store in Scarbro, Fayette County.
The Battle of Blair Mountain included a march and protest by more than 10,000 coal miners protesting non-union mines. The uprising led to several days of fighting on Blair Mountain and surrounding areas between the miners and company guards. It ended only after the arrival of federal troops.The reception party will feature several musicians whose songs are on the CD, including: Morgan O'Kane, Samuel Gleaves and national award-winning fiddle player Jamie Laval. Snacks and drinks will be provided.