African Americans in Appalachia
Miner picking coal out of narrow seam [...] Brown Mine, Brown, W. Va., 1908.(Library of Congress.)
African Americans found a measure of inclusion in Central Appalachia, where they were able to work free of exceedingly harsh conditions, and many received equal pay for their work. Under these circumstances, a significant number of African Americans moved to work in the coal fields of southeast Kentucky and southern West Virginia.