Interview with Randell Hines

  • Identifier1997 OH 035
  • Date12/12/1996
  • InterviewerReynolds, Jerrell
  • IntervieweeHines, Randell
  • DescriptionRandell Hines was a striking coal miner during the 1976-1979 Blue Diamond Coal Strike. He worked many different jobs within the mine and said he worked in the conventional sections with different types machinery. In this interview Randell discusses the differences in safety between the Blue Diamond Coal Company mines and the Peabody Coal Company Coal mines, the safety issues with-in the Blue Diamond Coal Mine, the treatment he received from mangers, the threat of violence the miners faced while on the picket line, the negotiations between the United Mine Workers of American and Blue Diamond Coal Company, and the financial instability that miners and their families faced during the strike.
  • LocationRevelo, Kentucky
  • Duration:46:04
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


“Interview with Randell Hines,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed April 15, 2024,