Pine Mountain Settlement School


Fear and anger in Appalachia — just like everywhere else

BY: - September 4, 2023

Recently, an eclectic group of artists from around the Appalachian region clashed with a small group of locals at Pine Mountain Settlement School in the community of Bledsoe in Harlan County. I wasn’t there, but after hearing from others who were, that’s a somewhat gentle description. Words like “mob of white supremacists” and “LGBTQ activists” […]

One arts gathering flees, another cancels after confrontation in Harlan County

BY: - August 23, 2023

This story has been updated with a statement released Wednesday  by Pine Mountain Settlement School. An Appalachian arts nonprofit’s gathering at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County ended abruptly last weekend after local residents objected to the group’s presence in the chapel, raising concerns among attendees about their safety. A statement issued by the […]