For nearly 25 years, Larry Gibson has been a hero of the movement to end mountaintop removal coal mining.
Larry has been able to protect a 50 acre parcel of land that sits atop the remnants of what was once Kayford Mountain in West Virginia.
Larry's family has lived on Kayford Mountain for more than 200 years. More than 300 of his relatives are buried in the family cemetery on this property.
But in 1986, mountaintop removal mining started at Kayford Mountain. The slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous - 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- and has flattened the mountains surrounding Larry's house into a 12,000 acre wasteland. The mine comes within 200 feet of the family cemetery, and the blasts make the ground shake.
But what has never been shaken is Larry's resolve to defend his home. Through his Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, Larry Gibson has promoted the importance of preserving Appalachian culture and heritage by traveling the country to spread the word about the devastation caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. Thousands of people have visited Kayford Mountain to experience the life-changing moment of seeing mountaintop removal firsthand.
Because of his courageous efforts, Gibson and Kayford Mountain have become the target of escalating levels of violence.
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