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Re: A Miner's Death Certificate Virginia Vital Rec
In Response To: A Miner's Death Certificate Virginia Vital Records ()
That is very interesting, as I have found no evidence to date of any coal mining activity that far west of Richmond. It is a fact that African Americans were recruited from the county beginning in the 1880s to work in the midwestern coal fields, but when you trace them back to the 1870 Albemarle county census they are primarily farm laborers.
Because coal was in such demand during the later part of the 19th century and it could be found across such a vast portion the country, there were undoubtedly countless small mines that popped up everywhere, that were small operations of 5 men or less. It is one of my main theories, that a lot of the black southern "farmers" that later became miners, got some "on-the-job" training during slavery or reconstruction in mines of this type.
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