This month’s Everywhere Extra spotlights the intersection of labor and civil rights. The Coal Creek War was a violent dispute that started in 1891 when southern states were desperate for money, and some decided to create what was called the convict lease system where anyone sentenced to year or more in prison would be eligible to be leased out to companies. Many were sent to the coal mines.
Whitney Kimball Coe went with Austin Sauerbrei, who is writing a graphic novel on the Coal Creek War and whose illustrations you’ll see in the video, to speak with Boomer Winfrey who oversees the Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top, Tennessee. Boomer tells a fascinating story of the convict lease system and how it sparked a war in the heart of Tennessee’s coal mining region.
Learn more about the people featured in this episode.
The Rural Assembly is celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month by exploring the ways our public park systems contribute to building a more inclusive nation. We know parks often play multiple, and sometimes conflicting, roles: preserving biodiversity, ecosystems, and sacred landscapes while also supporting tourism and local economies. At the height of the Covid19 pandemic, parks served as a retreat for families and communities seeking safe recreational activities. In this episode, we spoke with Grand Canyon Trust and Latino Outdoors, two organizations that are educating and equipping park visitors to contribute to a culture of welcome and exploration with reverence. Join in and learn about how Grand Canyon Trust & Latino Outdoors are building relationships with communities and the land.
Everywhere Extra is a monthly video production from The Rural Assembly. Come along on a journey to explore the vast beauty and diversity of rural America.
Everywhere Extra is an offshoot of our Rural Assembly Everywhere gatherings, which bring rural practitioners, policy makers, poets, community leaders, musicians, advocates, and allies together. Find out more past Rural Assembly Everywhere events.