On This Day
in West Virginia History...

News footage of black lung rally, 1969
Screen capture by Allen E. Fowler

On February 18, 1969, UMW coal miners went on strike to protest the absence of black lung benefits.

Learn more:
The Black Lung Strike
"Mines Are Idled Over 'Black Lung'"
"Coal Miners Sound Call of 'No Law, No Work'"
Proposed Black Lung Legislation
Report of the Occupational Pneumoconiosis Board
Audio/Video Clip of Black Lung Rally
Document-Based Questions

On This Day in West Virginia History: February

West Virginia Archives and History