Interview with Bobby Kidd

  • Identifier1997 OH 037
  • Date12/12/1996
  • InterviewerReynolds, Jerrell
  • IntervieweeKidd, Bobby
  • DescriptionBobby Kidd was a coal miner during the 1976-1978 Blue Diamond Mine Coal Strike. While working for Blue Diamond he worked as a roof bolter inside the mine. In this interview Kidd discusses the safety violations that occurred in the mine and management's inability to handle the safety complaints made by the miners. He also talks about why the miners chose the United Mine Workers of America (UMW) to represent them during the strike, how the UMW provided some benefits for the miners during the strike and how the strike affected miners and their families financially. Kidd also discusses the violence that the miners faced from Storm Security Company and his opinion of strike breakers.
  • LocationRevelo, Kentucky
  • Duration:28:13
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • Funding SourceTranscription: KOHC


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