Interview with Abel DeLeon, Jr., August 18, 1986

Project: Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Abel DeLeon, Jr., a Mexican-American who moved to Kentucky from Texas, describes his experiences working in a coal mine in the modern era. He has worked in both union and non-union mines, but prefers to work in union mines because he feels they are safer. He served on the U.M.W.A.'s Safety Committee while employed at an A.T. Massey mine near Pikeville.

At the time of this interview, the U.M.W.A. was on strike against the Massey operation, and DeLeon felt the company was attempting to break the union. Although he is a strong union advocate, he comments positively on the Jewell Smokeless Coal Corporation, a non-union company he once worked for.

Interview Accession

1986oh270_app078

Interviewee Name

Abel DeLeon, Jr.

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-08-18

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DeLeon, Abel, Jr. Interview by Doug Cantrell. 18 Aug. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

DeLeon, A., Jr. (1986, August 18). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

DeLeon, Abel, Jr., interview by Doug Cantrell. August 18, 1986, Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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