Cumberland Mountain Media Project
The Cumberland Mountain Media Project was a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded oral history project conducted during the summer of 1973. A team consisting of two college students, three high school students, and a former high school teacher interviewed retired coal miners who lived and worked in Anderson, Campbell, and Claiborne counties in Tennessee between the 1930s and early 1960s. The purpose of the project was to record and preserve the stories of the coal mining communities and residents in their own words. The communities where the interviewees lived include Anthras, Clairfield, Egan and Roses Creek in Clairborne county; Morley, White Oak, Westbourne, Cotola, and Stinking Creek in Campbell county; Lake City (formerly known as Coal Creek), and Briceville in Anderson County. Subjects covered in the interviews included how long the men worked in the mines, what mines they worked in, what companies owned these mines, wages, living conditions, working conditions, social life, mine safety conditions, community life, and religious life.
William R. Wilburn