My father was a panelist at the Coal and Coke Heritage Center's Conference this past weekend. My role was to pull from our family collection all the information I could about African American Coal Miner's their families and lifestyle. It was a huge task but my Dad and I did manage to pull quite a few documents and photographs to donate to the museum. Now we just need to type up the narrative.
When I first visited this heritage center 5-6 years ago, I was annoyed at the lack of diversity displayed. I knew from my research that there were many ethnicities involved in the coal industry, but I felt it wasn't accurately displayed at the center. I vowed then, to start pulling my family's information and submit it to the museum. Well it came to fruition this weekend. The center had a major renovations and three of our family photos are now on display.
Here's my Dad being interviewed by the local television station about the conference and the contributions our family made to the heritage center. The sand painting (custom made for us in Senegal, West Africa) standing on the floor was on display for the weekend. We donated a copy of the original drawing to the museum, it's mounted on the wall above the painting. The painting is of my father's grandparents on their porch steps with my grandmother in her mother's lap and her brother on her father's lap. We date the drawing to be around 1919.
I'll do more posts this week on the event because it's the heart of my mission in teaching scrapbooking. I'll share with you why this lifestyle is so important.