Monday, May 18, 2015

WV Mine Wars Museum open in Matewan

For three generations, families have been fighting for miners' rights. The opening of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum was a very personal affair for those families.

The mine wars were fought in the 1920's, when people in the coalfields of southern WV were fighting to unionize and get rid of an oppressive mine guard system run by coal companies. The museum opening in Matewan Saturday is the first of its kind to document the historical conflict.

The museum not only included artifacts and documents, but the building itself also had historical significance. There are bullet holes that historians say were remnants of the Matewan massacre.

The museum is located along Mate Street in downtown Matewan. Board members say they hope it will also serve as a tourist attraction in the region, and bring in out-of-state travelers