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Bloody Mingo

It were in nineteen 'n twenty in the southwest field and things were tough. The miners was tryin' to bring in the union to West Virginia and the coal operators and their gun thugs was set on keepin 'me out. Them was hand-loadin days -- they paid you by the ton and they didn't care no more for a man than a draft mule. Them was hard people, your coal miners then, they wudn't nobody you wanted to cross. So push came to shove and pretty soon we had us a war down there -- in Mingo County, which in them days were known as "Bloody Mingo." And that's where it all come to a head, down there on the Tug Fork, in the town of Matewan.


-John Sayles


Set for the independent film movie by John Sayles, Matewan, Thurmond, Fayette County, West Virginia. A film worth watching! A true story!

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Taken on April 29, 2012