Interview with Joseph Hugh Jones, August 13, 1987

Project: Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Hugh Jones, a retired miner and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) official, discusses his role in the roving pickets' movement of the 1960s. He recalls that this was a particularly rough time and that there was violence in Harlan County. Jones states that the trouble began when the UMWA gave certain mines "sweetheart" contracts, which allowed them to pay less than their share of the union fees. Jones states that the miners were simply attempting to re-establish the power of the union in Harlan County, a county that the union had once dominated. Jones maintains that law enforcement officials generally opposed the Roving Pickets, and harassed them as they attempted to close mines throughout Harlan and Bell counties. Jones also describes where the pickets met and how they planned their protest.

Interview Accession

1987oh184_app107

Interviewee Name

Joseph Hugh Jones

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1987-08-13

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Jones, Joseph Hugh Interview by Doug Cantrell. 13 Aug. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Jones, J.H. (1987, August 13). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Jones, Joseph Hugh, interview by Doug Cantrell. August 13, 1987, Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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