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OH186 Patricia Green Oral History

Patricia Green Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Duvin Mine Explosion

Series Number: OH186

Interviewee: Green, Patricia “Trisha”

Interviewer: Robyn W. Dunn

Date interviewed: 5 November 1995

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in September of 2012.

Date processed: October 1, 2012

Description: 1 sound disc (33 minutes)

Abstract: Patricia “Trisha” Green provides a second hand account of the Duvin Mine explosion on July 14, 1939 at Providence, Kentucky. She received information of the disaster through her mother whose brother-in-law, Carl “Big Boy” Holloman, Jr., had perished in the mine explosion. She describes the rescue efforts and the impact that the disaster had on her family along with the community of Providence. She also explores aspects of unionization of the miners, mining scripts or “flickers”, safety concerns and racial issues.

Biographical / Historical note: Patricia “Trisha” Green was born in Providence, Kentucky on September 25, 1943. Many in her family worked in the coal mines of western Kentucky. Her family relocated soon after her birth buts she returned to Providence prior to the interview.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.  

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Green, Patricia, 1943-

Ruckman Coal Company.

Duvin Coal Mines (Providence, Ky.)

Coal miners – Kentucky – Webster County.

Coal mines and mining – Kentucky – Webster County.

Mine explosions – Kentucky.