Headwaters: East Kentucky Social Club


"East Kentucky Social Club Reunion" documents an annual gathering of African Americans who had migrated from the Kentucky mountains to cities across the country during the second half of the 20th century. Since 1969, the club’s members have sustained a sense of cohesion and community identity through their shared roots in the coal mining camps of Harlan County, KY. Includes a brief history of blacks in the mountains and community life in the coal camps. The gathering takes place in Cleveland, OH. Produced by Appalshop with Dr. Bill Turner of the Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky.

The film was broadcast on local cable stations in 1983 via Appalshop's Headwaters Television project. This recording was digitized from a broadcast master 3/4-inch U-matic videotape with funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission.