Interview with Robert Grubbs, June 25, 1987

Project: Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Robert Grubbs, a Holiness minister who was once a Roving Picket, describes working underground in coal mines throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He discusses the change he witnessed in the industry. Grubbs began working in the mines when coal was primarily hand loaded into buggies, but by the time he quit, most mines had started using joy loaders and scoops to mine coal.

Grubbs also discusses his experience as a Roving Picket. He traveled from mine to mine in an attempt to close mines not paying the royalty to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) health and retirement fund. Grubbs remembers that the pickets would meet at the union hall or the miners' hospital to decide which mine they would picket that day. During the movement Grubbs traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal officials concerning the massive unemployment in Harlan County, and he describes this trip.

Interview Accession

1987oh177_app100

Interviewee Name

Robert Grubbs

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1987-06-25

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Grubbs, Robert Interview by Doug Cantrell. 25 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Grubbs, R. (1987, June 25). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Grubbs, Robert, interview by Doug Cantrell. June 25, 1987, Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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