MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A group devoted to creating alternative energy jobs in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia's southern coalfields region this week – a set of rooftop solar panels, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A group devoted to creating alternative energy jobs in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia's southern coalfields region this week – a set of rooftop solar panels, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors.

:::::::: VIntage Photograph :::::::: March 1937. Scott's Run, West Virginia. "Johnson family -- father unemployed." Photograph by Lewis Hine

:::::::: VIntage Photograph :::::::: March 1937. Scott's Run, West Virginia. "Johnson family -- father unemployed." Photograph by Lewis Hine

West Virginia Miners | Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miners, March 1937

West Virginia Miners | Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miners, March 1937

Residents of McDowell County, W.Va., share memories and hopes for their rural community — in jeopardy because of high unemployment and an exodus of young people.

Residents of McDowell County, W.Va., share memories and hopes for their rural community — in jeopardy because of high unemployment and an exodus of young people.

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Johnson family - father unemployed, March 1937 | Photographer: Louis Wickes Hines (pinned by haw-creek.com)

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Johnson family - father unemployed, March 1937 | Photographer: Louis Wickes Hines (pinned by haw-creek.com)

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. This was in my head every time I put it down. Taking place in poverty stricken West Virginia during the Depression, the twice widowed (sort of) Patience, is delivering babies for anyone who needs her, from the wealthy White, to the poorest unemployed, to Black families whom the KKK wouldn't want her near. 9 out of 10.  I could reread it tomorrow, a recommendation I've rarely made.  READ it.  Please read more: http://queenbeewritings.blogspot.com/

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. This was in my head every time I put it down. Taking place in poverty stricken West Virginia during the Depression, the twice widowed (sort of) Patience, is delivering babies for anyone who needs her, from the wealthy White, to the poorest unemployed, to Black families whom the KKK wouldn't want her near. 9 out of 10. I could reread it tomorrow, a recommendation I've rarely made. READ it. Please read more: http://queenbeewritings.blogspot.com/

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miner, March 1937 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miner, March 1937 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miners, March 1937 | Photographer: Louis Wickes Hines (pinned by haw-creek.com)

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miners, March 1937 | Photographer: Louis Wickes Hines (pinned by haw-creek.com)

Morgantown, West Virginia No. 2 on the Milken Institute small-cities list, Morgantown leverages its college-town aura (West Virginia University) into a 5.3% unemployment rate. Cost of living is 8% below the national average, while single-family home change hands for just $137,000. West Virginia has an agreeable tax climate for senior citizens. Other pluses include abundant doctors per capita and a low crime rate.

Morgantown, West Virginia No. 2 on the Milken Institute small-cities list, Morgantown leverages its college-town aura (West Virginia University) into a 5.3% unemployment rate. Cost of living is 8% below the national average, while single-family home change hands for just $137,000. West Virginia has an agreeable tax climate for senior citizens. Other pluses include abundant doctors per capita and a low crime rate.

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Miner's child - Father unemployable, March 1937 by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Miner's child - Father unemployable, March 1937 by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

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