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Johnny Bear Childers was born in 1910 on Elkhorn Creek near Ashcamp, Kentucky. When he was a young boy, his father, James Childers, took a job as a policeman for the Edgewater Coal Company. His family, who owned three farms on Elkhorn Creek, moved to Marrowbone Creek into a new house that James Childers had built. Childers describes the violence in Hellier. He remembers that on Saturday nights the jail was always full of men arrested for fighting, drunkenness, or beating their wives. He recalls that Hellier once had six or seven restaurants, two barbershops, and two pool halls. Many black miners had been brought in from Alabama and their children went to a separate school.

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1988oh085_app131

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Johnny Bear Childers

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Nyoka Hawkins

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1988-05-15

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Childers, Johnny Bear Interview by Nyoka Hawkins. 15 May. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Childers, J.B. (1988, May 15). Interview by N. Hawkins. Appalachia: Social History and Cultural Change in the Elkhorn Coal Fields Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Childers, Johnny Bear, interview by Nyoka Hawkins. May 15, 1988, Appalachia: Social History and Cultural Change in the Elkhorn Coal Fields Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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