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Afro-Americans in Mining Picture One of the largest coal companies operating in the Richmond Basin (Virginia) in the late 1830's was the famous Midlothian Mining Company, chartered in 1836. The Midlothian mining company employed some 150 black workers. The company hired excess slaves from nearby farmers. Following the Civil War, the company employed as many newly freed blacks as possible rather than replacing them with whites.
Afro-Americans in Mining PicturePicture Courtesy of Harper's Monthly Magazine Continue   Go To Next Page