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Lieutenant Governor visits Southwest!

August 24, 2019

At the end of July, the Lieutenant Governor had the pleasure of visiting the great people of  Southwest Virginia and participating in a number of events including the United Mine Workers’ 30th Commemoration of the Pittston Coal Strike, a local food drive event, and meet and greet at the Appalachian African American Cultural Center.

At the end of July, the Lieutenant Governor had the pleasure of visiting the great people of  Southwest Virginia and participating in a number of events including the United Mine Workers’ 30th Commemoration of the Pittston Coal Strike, a local food drive event, and meet and greet at the Appalachian African American Cultural Center. 

The Lt Governor joined a crowd of over 500 mine workers and their families to share his profound admiration for their achievements and to stand with them in remembrance of the sacrifices made, 30 years ago during the Pittston Mine Strike. Speaking on the dais at the UMWA Fairgrounds in Castlewood, Virginia, the Lt Governor congratulated Mr. Cecil Roberts for his remarkable works and leadership of his Local United Mine Workers Association. Under the Cecil’s leadership, the UMWA and their supporters came together to fight for their rights to better healthcare, pensions and economic opportunities. As they faced down the barrel of forces greater than themselves, the UMWA stood their grounds in solidarity and comradery to achieve the unachievable. 30 years later, the Pittston Coal Strike is remembered as a great american accomplishment illustrating that hardships can be overcome through comradery, hard work, and most of all a stalwart dedication to the cause.

The Lt Governor also had the pleasure of joining volunteers and community members of Castlewood, Morning Star Full Gospel Church, and the Roger E Jessee Community Food Bank. While there, he was able to lend a hand and aid in collecting, packaging, and handing out supplies to citizens that rely on the Morning Star’s charity and the services provided by the Church’s Food Bank. While there, the Lt Governor was able to discuss with his constituents the concerns and issues facing rural Virginia and the commonwealth as a whole.

The Lt Governor rounded out his trip with a visit to the Appalachian African American Cultural Center. Founded in 1987, the Appalachian African American Cultural Center is located in what was once the only African American primary school in Pennington Gap, Virginia. The Lt Governor had the honor and pleasure of meeting Ron Carson the founder and curator of the cultural center whose mother was one of the first students to attend the school. There, they discussed the the painful yet courageous story of a family and community which now fill the walls of the center in pictures, documents and artifacts.

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