Thursday, December 6 at 10 pm on WV PBS
During the month of December, 1907—a month that is traditionally filled with holiday cheer—a dark cloud hung over several small coalmining towns. Instead of Christmas wreaths of evergreen and winter berries adorning front doors in the village, black wreaths of grief took their place.
December 6, 2007 marks the centennial anniversary of what has been called the worst coalmining catastrophe in the history of the US—the 1907 Monongah Mining Disaster in WV. This documentary honors those involved in the 1907 tragedy and explores the reverberations 100 years later by producing a video that will serve as a focal point in exhibits and commemorations in
WV, PA, and Italy.
Produced by Argentine Productions. For more information, click here.
Thursday. December 6 at 10:30 pm
This documentary looks at the destitution following the Monongah Mine disaster. What happened to the widows, mostly immigrants, who were left to take care of themselves?
Appromixatley 1,000 widow and children were left without breadwinners No one has told their story, according to filmmaker Gina Martino Dahlia, pictured left with a statue erected to these women.
Some lost not only their husbands, but also their young sons, maybe 9 to 12 years old, who were used to boost their fathers’ tonnage per day and thereby boost their paychecks. Some women were left with a houseful of children and extended family to take care of. There was no time to grieve.