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Record 175/842
Copyright PastPerfect Museum
Collection Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Oral History Collection
Date 04/05/1982
Abstract Interview of Ethel Perkins by Carrie Huff.

Interviewer's description-
"In this interview with Ethel Perkins she talks about her father, Delbert Lawson and a partner Benny Bunch, being instrumental in organizing the coal mines around Shields, Kentucky for the United Mine Workers of America. Her father was employed by the Cooke & Sharpe Coal Company where he eventually was forced to quit due to his union involvement. She recounts how the family slept on mattresses in the floor to avoid getting wounded from the gunfire aimed at their house. She reminisces about attending a company school and how they had an underweight children food program. She recounts how her mother died giving birth to twins and left her to housekeep until she married. She recalls the purchase of her first refrigerator and washing machine. She mentions a unique script exchange program worked out by several small coal camps around Shields including Gano, Cooke & Sharpe and Pee Vee. She finishes the interview with three songs (Spilling Song, Earline and one original composition)."
Object ID 2007.001.0180
Object Name Tape, Magnetic
Subjects Coal camps
Coal companies
Coal mining
Unions, Labor
United Mine Workers of America
Interview date 04/05/1982
Interviewer Huff, Carrie
Length of interview 30:46, 13:36
Media Cassette Tape
Narrator Perkins, Ethel
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