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On This Day in West Virginia History, February 18th

February 18, 2023

Mountaineer News

Vintage West Virginia

News footage of black lung rally, 1969. Screen capture by Allen E. Fowler

On February 18, 1969, UMW coal miners went on strike to protest the absence of black lung benefits.

Learn more: The Black Lung Strike "Mines Are Idled Over 'Black Lung'" "Coal Miners Sound Call of 'No Law, No Work'" Proposed Black Lung Legislation Report of the Occupational Pneumoconiosis Board Audio/Video Clip of Black Lung Rally Document-Based Questions

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