W.Va. Mountain State Southern Gospel Convention Marches On Despite Dwindling Numbers


On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear about a 70-year-old music festival serving a different kind of Christian music. Also, we hear the latest on the debate over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a new study on the risks of black lung disease.

A new study finds that underground coal miners aren’t the only ones at risk of lung disease — workers at surface mines are also vulnerable. That’s according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. As Sydney Boles reports, the findings show that current protections for surface miners are not sufficient to prevent disease.

A group of 18 states, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under the Appalachian Trail. Brittany Patterson reports. 

There’s a place in southern West Virginia that many consider holy ground. For nearly 70 years, gospel music fans have gathered on a mountaintop just south of Summersville Lake for weekend concerts featuring singers from all over West Virginia and its surrounding states. This is the annual West Virginia Mountain State Southern Gospel Convention. Inside Appalachia Folkways reporter Zack Harold has been going to the event since he was a kid. He produced a story about the event that was recently featured on an episode of Inside Appalachia. Here’s an excerpt.

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