King Anthracite: The Rock Man

Stashu Kybartas

1990 | 00:29:39 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Family, Health, History, Labor

Originally part of a multi-media installation at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania, King Anthracite documents the lives, work, and early deaths of Lithuanian immigrants (including Kybartas’ ancestors) who mined the Pennsylvania coalfields at the turn of century. Oral histories of miners detail their impressions of the United States and the hardships they encountered, including black lung disease and other occupational hazards that turned wives into widows and children into orphans. Modern images of trucks hauling toxic waste to a landfill offer a symbolic view of history as a continual exploitation of people and the land.

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