MATEWAN — The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum invites the public to a special May Day Matinee on Sunday, May 1, to celebrate the release of “The Mine Wars,” a new documentary for public television.
The event features a screening of the film, along with popcorn, drinks, snacks, and musical performances. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. at the United Mine Workers of America Local 1440 Union Hall on Mate Street in downtown Matewan.
Just up the street, the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum will keep its regular seasonal hours of 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Come by for a tour of the museum and meet Kimberly McCoy, the museum’s new Program Fellow.
Mine wars books, souvenirs, and DVD copies of “The Mine Wars” will be available in the museum’s modest but growing gift shop. Other local attractions include the Matewan Depot Museum, floodwall murals along the Tug Fork River, and several restaurants.
“The Mine Wars” aired on PBS’s American Experience series this spring to much fanfare. The film invites viewers to “go inside the coal miners’ bitter battle for dignity at the dawn of the 20th century,” when miners across southern West Virginia fought coal companies for their civil liberties. It is based on James Green’s 2015 book, The Devil is Here in These Hills, from Atlantic Monthly Press. Several West Virginia Mine Wars Museum board members assisted in the production of the film.
The May Day Matinee event falls on a holiday that honors workers’ rights and the legacy of the many laborers across the globe who have fought for safer and fairer working conditions.
For more information on the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, visit wvminewars.com or call museum secretary Catherine Moore at 304-663-2202.