McDowell County is a very patriotic community and tomorrow they will continue their tradition of holding one of the country’s longest ongoing Veterans Day parades in the country.
And in honor of Veterans Day, we are releasing three short stories from residents in McDowell County. We interviewed over 50 individuals this summer, many of which shared stories of war and returning home after. Today we would like to share three of those from Ellis Ray Williams, Ed Shepard and Bill Bolt.
Very proud of Katy, a 12-year-old resident of Welch, for putting alot of thought and time into her story for Hollow. She spoke about how bullying has affected her family, what she wants to see McDowell become and offered fresh ideas for abandoned buildings. She filmed her family’s story in McDowell and Charleston.
“This place has so much potential but it’s taken forever for someone to realize it and actually start to do something with it,” Katy Justice.
(photo above by Katy)
Special thanks to John and Jolene Justice for encouraging their children to get involved with Hollow.
The photo above was taken in Coalwood, WV in December 2011. At one point in time, Coalwood was a booming coal mining town and home to many families and a thriving community. Coalwood reached its peak in the 1960s and finally shut down production on October 1, 1982…today it is left with the scars and skeletons of industry.
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While the interactive designer/programmer creates wireframes for the HTML-5 website that will be launched in Spring 2013, I decided to put this website together as a landing page for information about the project. Check out the site here!