Can you believe that sometimes children as young as twelve worked in coal mines? When photographer John Vachon visited the coal mine town of Kempton, Maryland-West Virginia in May 0f 1939, he took outstanding photographs of the people in the small company town, including these of some of the coal miner’s children. They give us a wonderful glimpse of what life was like for them.
Recording of Mae Bougalis and her son, Kostis “Shorty” Bongalis. by Mary Hufford in 1952 Raleigh County, West Virginia (Library of Congress)
Coal miner’s son, Kempton, West VirginiaMiner’s sons were given the duty of searching for coal in the slag pile and bringing it home to heat their homes as seen in the pictures below – Kempton, West Virginia
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