One hundred and fifty years ago, 7,500 coal miners struck Mahoning Valley coal mines in response to an imposed pay cut. Italians were brought in as unwitting strikebreakers.
This summer, the Trumbull County Historical Society (TCHS) has partnered with authors Joe Tucciarone and Ben Lariccia to share the stories of the Coal War of 1873. Their book, “Coal War in the Mahoning Valley: The Origin of Greater Youngstown’s Italians”, reminds us that ethnic differences and competition for work remain a dangerous social lever in the hands of the powerful.
Visit the free, traveling exhibit in one of four locations to learn about this early labor conflict and how it produced the first Italian community in the area.
Hours vary according to location. For more information call TCHS at (330) 394-4653.
June 2 - August 8
McKinley Memorial in Niles
August 10 - 13
Warren Italian American Heritage Festival
August 15 - September 29
Hubbard Public Library
October 4 - November 30
Youngstown Museum of Industry and Labor