Interview with Buster J. Horne, August 24, 1987

Project: Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Buster Horne, a resident of Whitesburg, Kentucky and coal miner, discusses his role in the roving pickets' movement in Letcher and Perry counties. He maintains that the roving pickets' movements was a United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) sponsored activity to organize the non-union coal mines of eastern Kentucky, but states that the union could not publicly associate itself with the Roving Pickets because the pickets engaged in some activities that were violent and illegal. Coal companies could have brought legal action against the UMWA had it acknowledge its connection with the Roving Pickets.
Horne also discusses the Washington trip during which miners traveled to Washington to bring the plight of the unemployed miners to the attention of the federal government. He states that this trip was connected to the later War on Poverty. Horne states that not long after the Washington trip, the "Happy Pappy" or Unemployed Father Work Program brought some relief to eastern Kentucky.

Horne describes the leader of the Roving Pickets, Berman Gibson. He remembers Gibson as a good speaker who could move his audience. Horne addresses the violence associated with the movement, and comments that he believes that this period was one of the most violent in eastern Kentucky history. Horne also states that despite the charges, the Roving Pickets were not communists.

Interview Accession

1987oh168_app091

Interviewee Name

Buster J. Horne

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1987-08-24

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Horne, Buster J. Interview by Doug Cantrell. 24 Aug. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Horne, B.J. (1987, August 24). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Horne, Buster J., interview by Doug Cantrell. August 24, 1987, Appalachia: Roving Pickets Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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