Drawing the Battle Lines: Editorial Cartoons of the West Virginia Mine Wars | Statler College Media Center

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Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum To University of West Virginia is pleased to announce a new exhibit being held as part of the statewide commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 2021. The exhibit “Drawing the Battle Lines: Editorial Cartoons from the West Virginia Mine Wars ”runs until July 1, 2022.

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia—

“Draw the lines of battle” features editorial cartoons illustrating the divisive issues that sparked the West Virginia Mine Wars. During the first two decades of the 20th century, West Virginia’s coal miners and coal companies clashed in a series of brutal conflicts over working conditions and unionization, known as the Mine War. These violent conflicts included shootings, armed marches, murders, and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, which was the largest civil insurgency in the United States since the Civil War.

Using sources ranging from the general public to the radical, the exhibition explores the role of the print media in the struggle for workers’ rights. As miners, politicians, citizens and soldiers took sides in this decades-long struggle, these illustrations reveal how cartoonists have expressed their own take on the clashes in the coalfields, while also shaping public perception. events.

“We are proud to be part of this momentous anniversary of such a significant event in West Virginia labor history,” said curator Danielle Petrak. “The museum is grateful to the Blair Centennial team for coordinating such an impressive series of events.”

For more information on the centenary of the Battle of Blair Mountain, visit www.blair100.com.

Located in the Mineral Resources Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus, the Watts Museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed on WVU holidays.


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dp / 21/21/21

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