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Coal Country photos on display

Coal Country in Black and White: 1968-1973, an exhibit of work by West Virginia photographer Jeanne Rasmussen, is on display in the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg.

After moving to Beckley, W.Va., Rasmussen became interested in miners’ lives and began to photograph them and their families as well as coal camps and mine disasters in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Included in the exhibit are black and white photos of miners and their families, coal camp life, strip mining and mining equipment, and mine-related accidents and disasters.

The exhibit also includes photographs relating to the Buff alo Creek, W.Va., flood. The display is on loan to Appalshop from East Tennessee State University’s Carol Reece Museum.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on April 24, the exhibit will be featured as part of the Letcher County Tourism Commission’s Art Walk. The event will also include screenings of Appalshop’s documentary films “Buffalo Creek Flood” and “Nimrod Workman” at 6 p.m., a reception at 7 p.m., and coal mining music by local musicians at 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display at Appalshop through May 15.

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