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© 2019 BETHANY MOLLENKOF

Tucked high up in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky sit two dusty little towns.

These towns, Jenkins-Neon and McRoberts, are small former coal towns that were built for only one reason —that of housing the men brought in to mine the

newly purchased coalfields in the early 1900’s.

Once thriving, the African American population in these towns are now on the decline.

With jobs in short supplies and opportunities being hard to come by,

most able body people have taken flight for the cities.

These are portraits if those that remain.