Interview with Billy Reynolds

  • Identifier1997 OH 033
  • Date12/12/1996
  • InterviewerReynolds, Jerrell
  • IntervieweeReynolds, Billy
  • DescriptionBill Reynolds was a coal miner at the Blue Diamond Coal Company mine in McCreary County, Kentucky. He was one of many miners who joined the Blue Diamond Coal Strike from June 1976 to May 1979. In this interview Reynolds discusses how the coal miners of the Blue Diamond mine went on strike as a result of the miners demanding better representation through the United Mine Workers of America and better pay and improved safety within the mine. He also discusses his belief that the strike occurred as a result of the union meddling and that the union did not help the miners win the strike.
  • LocationRevelo, Kentucky
  • Duration:18:32
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


“Interview with Billy Reynolds,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed October 1, 2023,