Public memorial scheduled for activist Larry Gibson
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Friends and family of anti-mountaintop removal activist Larry Gibson will celebrate his life and legacy on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. in a public event at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium.Gibson died of a heart attack on Sept. 9 while working on his family's land on Kayford Mountain, which he spent the last decades of his life protecting from mountaintop removal."Gibson successfully protected fifty acres of his homeplace on Kayford Mountain and he inspired people nationwide to take action to stop mountaintop removal coal mining," the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition said in a statement.The Oct. 14 program, "Celebrating Larry Gibson: The Life and Legacy of the Keeper of the Mountains," will feature family, friends, prominent activists, Southern West Virginia residents, musicians and preachers.
Gibson's family has requested that those wishing to express condolences make donations to the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, 179 Summers St., Suite 234, Charleston, WV 25301.Gibson is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Cameron and Larry Jr.; and his daughter, Victoria. He was 66.