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FSU to Present Screening of “Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning”

FSU to Present Screening of “Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning”
Frostburg State University will celebrate International Women’s Day by presenting a screening of the film “Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, in Compton Science Center room 226. This event is free and open to the public.

Gunning suffered a life of bitter poverty as one of 11 children raised in Appalachia. She was the daughter of a mining family when wages for miners were only $1.44 for 10-hour work days. Her suffering became the inspiration for dozens of songs about working people, the mines and the great coal strikes of the 1920s and 1930s. Her songs gave a voice to the crowds at labor rallies, and she was influential in labor organizing.

Dr. Greg Wood, from the FSU History Department, will provide a brief presentation on women and labor organizing before the screening of the film. This event will be of particular interest to those interested in women’s studies, music, sociology, political science, economics and Appalachian studies.

This program is sponsored by the FSU Women’s Studies Program. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Hartman at 301-687-3198 or

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.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589