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Anti-Surface Mining Activists Present During FSU’s Earth Week

Folklorists Michael and Carrie Kline will share documentation of West Virginia’s embattled coal country as part of Frostburg State University’s Earth Week on Monday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Lane University Center 111. The presentation will follow a screening of the film “The Last Mountain,” beginning at 5 p.m.

The Klines will also perform Appalachian music in the form of ballads, songs of resistance to coal fields and various old-time favorites on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St., in Frostburg.

The Klines’ presentation will feature their grassroots activism against surface mining and will share several thematic connections with the film. Featuring excerpts of interviews with southern West Virginians about the effects of coal dust, blasting, chemicals and cancer risks of mountaintop removal near their homes, the film expresses the challenges interviewees face and their expressions of outrage toward the coal companies.

The Klines will share the interviews they conducted during their 50-mile march on Blair Mountain in an effort to preserve it from mountaintop removal. Their march replicates the march made by union coal miners during the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921. They will discuss the ongoing struggle of trying to mark Blair Mountain Battlefield as a national historic site and saving it from mountaintop removal.

The Klines’ musical performance on Sunday will feature the influences of old-time singers and storytellers throughout the Appalachian mountain region. Singing for audiences of all ages, the duo has performed in a variety of venues, including classrooms, prisons, coffeehouses and picket lines.

For more information on the presentation, contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at 301-687-3124 or email For more information on the musical performance, contact Mountain City Traditional Arts at 301-687-8040 or email

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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