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America's Coal Miners

Blackport Crossing by Pamela G. Hall of Charleston
Purple Haze by Brittany Hillberry of Wheeling
Checkmate by George Harper
Splat by Ashley Cronin of Waverly

The goal of this project is to put a human face on the energy issue by creating a collection of life-size photographs of American coal miners, suitable for museum exhibition. These monumental portraits reveal the human essence of the coal industry and their exhibition will celebrate and honor these men and women as contemporary American heroes. The proposed exhibit, consisting of 18 full size portraits, would premiere locally in West Virginia in June 2009 and then travel to museums and other venues, both public and private, throughout the United States . Few will ever have the chance to tour a mine or meet a miner, but as statistics show that museum attendance far outstrips even that of professional sporting events, the many faces of coal mining could easily be seen and appreciated by millions.