Great [photographs] of Kempton, West Virginia children – Sometimes the children worked in mines

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)

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Coal Miner’s Son Kempton West Virginiacoal miner's son Kempton West Virginia

Coal Miner’s Children at school
Crowded housing in company-owned coal town, Kempton, West Virginia2

Coal miner’s son, Kempton, West VirginiaCoal 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 VirginiaMiner's sons bringing home coal which they have salvaged from slag pile. Kempton, West Virginia

Miner's sons bringing home salvaged coal during May 1939 coal strike. Kempton, West VirginiaMiner's sons getting coal from the slag pile during May 1939 coal strike. Kempton, West Virginia

Miner's sons getting coal from the slag pile during May 1939 coal strike. Kempton, West Virginia2

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