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    Mary McKinney’s drawings of her “future McDowell.” Really inspiring documents here, folks. This is just a few examples of ideas for Keystone and Landgraff out of a whole package she gave me. I dare anyone to tell me the people of McDowell don’t have ideas for improving their communities. It’s time we take these ideas to those in power and make things happen in the coalfields.

    Mary McKinney’s drawings of her “future McDowell.” Really inspiring documents here, folks. This is just a few examples of ideas for Keystone and Landgraff out of a whole package she gave me. I dare anyone to tell me the people of McDowell don’t have ideas for improving their communities. It’s time we take these ideas to those in power and make things happen in the coalfields.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #McDowell County  #West Virginia  #Elaine McMillion  #hollow  #documentary  #holler  #interactive  #new media  #plans  #future  #coal  #sustainable  #southern  #appalachia 

    Just for fun…testing out the EX3 timelapse option

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    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #west virginia  #mcdowell county  #southern  #appalachia  #hollow  #film  #interactive documentary 
    McDowell County ranks poorest in West Virginia--US POVERTY →

    We challenge EVERYONE to share the Hollow teaser today to show the other side of what MSN Money calls “the poorest county” in West Virginia. Despite the abandoned buildings and poverty, there IS hope and beauty in McDowell. https://vimeo.com/44657010

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #mcdowell  #county  #west virginia  #poverty  #United States  #poor  #southern  #appalachia  #hollow 
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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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    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.

    Please help make a difference in Southern West Virginia and rural America. “Hollow” aims to become a place where communities can work together to improve their future! Help us raise 3k in less than 30 hours on KICKSTARTER!

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #appalachia  #west virginia  #southern  #mcdowell  #industry  #rural  #America  #future  #hollow  #interactive documentary  #elaine mcmillion  #kickstarter 
    SoLost Doc Series →

    SoLost is the original video series by The Oxford American that celebrates getting lost in the American South. SoLost is an off-kilter video journey through the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South. With subjects prospected by master image-maker and Southern back-roads champ Dave Anderson, we delight in the tastes, sounds and myriad cultural delights of this our glorious landscape. Join us every month as we unveil a new episode of SoLost: artful, online video shorts that explore the complexity and vitality of the American South.

    — 1 year ago
    #south  #United States  #soLost  #oxford american  #southern  #docs  #online  #video 
    Children of Clabe Hicks, miner, Ten people, two adults and eight children live in a four room house for which they pay $11 monthly, plus $1 monthly for water and $2 monthly for electricity, 08/27/1946 (NARA)

    Children of Clabe Hicks, miner, Ten people, two adults and eight children live in a four room house for which they pay $11 monthly, plus $1 monthly for water and $2 monthly for electricity, 08/27/1946 (NARA)

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #appalachia  #west virginia  #southern  #mcdowell county  #mining  #archival  #photographs 
    The company store is as much a gathering and visiting spot as it is a shopping place. Gilliam Coal and Coke Company, Gilliam Mine, Gilliam McDowell County, West Virginia., 08/13/1946 (NARA)

    The company store is as much a gathering and visiting spot as it is a shopping place. Gilliam Coal and Coke Company, Gilliam Mine, Gilliam McDowell County, West Virginia., 08/13/1946 (NARA)

    — 2 years ago
    #mcdowell county  #appalachia  #1940s  #West Virginia  #southern  #african american  #history  #archival footage  #archival  #photography 

    Interesting slice of a McDowell County community from 1981. A feature Story about Northfork High School. Northfork HS has since been closed and consolidated into Mount View High School. At this time, they had 700 residents now there are 429 (2010 Census)

    — 2 years ago
    #Northfork  #wv  #youtube  #video  #basketball  #state  #sports  #West Virginia  #southern  #appalachia  #mcdowell  #archival footage  #1980s 
    "On Elkhorn Mountain"

    Photo by Alan Johnston, McDowell County resident and community blogger for Hollow. 

    — 2 years ago
    #mcdowell county  #southern  #west virginia  #elkhorn mountain  #appalachia  #abandoned  #buildings  #culture  #population  #issues 
    

Al Gravely had one of the few barber shops that I know of in the area. In fact, I can’t think of another one off the top of my head. His shop was located on McDowell Street in Welch, West Virginia. Anyway, I was fortunate enough to have captured this shot of Al not long before he retired. The man in the chair is Henry Paul, former mayor of Gary, West Virginia. This shot was taken in April of 2009. Last account I had someone else had re-opened Al’s barber shop.
Community Blog Post and Photo by Alan Johnston—Hollow

 

    Al Gravely had one of the few barber shops that I know of in the area. In fact, I can’t think of another one off the top of my head. His shop was located on McDowell Street in Welch, West Virginia. Anyway, I was fortunate enough to have captured this shot of Al not long before he retired. The man in the chair is Henry Paul, former mayor of Gary, West Virginia. This shot was taken in April of 2009. Last account I had someone else had re-opened Al’s barber shop.
    Community Blog Post and Photo by Alan Johnston—Hollow
     

    — 2 years ago
    #gary  #welch  #west virginia  #mcdowell  #people  #places  #southern  #West Virginia  #appalachia  #barber shops  #culture 
    Love flourishes for state’s longest-married couple →

    After 70 years together, the pair is still going strong and were recently declared West Virginia’s longest-married couple.

    Both McDowell County natives, the two met in War in 1941 and were married six months later on Dec. 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    “I was from War and he was from Coalwood,” Juanita said. “We just met casually when we were both walking down the street in War. I was 17 and he was 19 years old. Our first date was to a place where people went to dance in War. We were together about six months before he asked me to marry him.”

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #west virginia  #love  #longest-married couple  #war  #appalachia  #wv  #southern  #relationships  #marriage  #news  #mcdowell county 
    Survey: McDowell, Mercer counties rank poorly for well being of children →

    McDowell and Mercer counties have again found themselves in the bottom tier of counties when it comes to the well being of children

    Both counties ranked in the bottom 10 of the 55 counties in the state, with McDowell County ranking last while Mercer County ranked 49 out of 55, according to the 2011 West Virginia Kids Count survey released Tuesday.

    The report found McDowell County ranked the lowest in the state in seven categories including the highest number of students in the state on free-and-reduced lunch at 82.9 percent, the highest number of children in poverty at 52 percent, the highest high school dropout rate at 23.6 percent, and the highest number of children born to mothers without high school diplomas at 33.3 percent.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #mcdowell county  #West Virginia  #news  #appalachia  #mercer county  #southern