Interview with Orville Sargent, August 14, 1987

Project: Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Orville Sargent, a longtime resident of Harlan County, Kentucky talks extensively about his work as a coal miner. He was one of the men who originally organized Harlan County for the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in the 1930s. He describes gun toting thugs patrolling the streets and hollows of Harlan County to prevent the union from getting a firm foothold. He also talks about the now famous Battle of Evarts, the murder of two union organizers, and about lesser-known battles between miners and the operators' hired gunmen. Unfortunately, Sargent recalls little of the roving pickets' movement because he was not part of it.

Interview Accession

1987oh185_app108

Interviewee Name

Orville Sargent

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1987-08-14

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Sargent, Orville Interview by Doug Cantrell. 14 Aug. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Sargent, O. (1987, August 14). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Sargent, Orville, interview by Doug Cantrell. August 14, 1987, Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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