Coal Heritage Lecture Series Presents Images Of The Don Blankenship Trial By Jeff Pierson

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

www.concord.edu         

 

COAL HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS

 IMAGES OF THE DON BLANKENSHIP TRIAL BY JEFF PIERSON

 

ATHENS, W.Va. – Artist Jeff Pierson will present his courtroom sketches of the Don Blankenship trial and discuss the events of the trial at the next installment of the Coal Heritage Lecture Series. His presentation will take place on April 4 at 7 p.m. in Room E10 of the Erma Byrd Center in Beaver, W.Va. This event is free and open to the public.

The Coal Heritage Lecture Series is presented by the Coal Heritage Highway Authority and Concord University’s Beckley campus.

Don Blankenship was the CEO of Massey Energy at the time of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Pierson was hired by the media to capture images of the trial because federal court criminal trials do not allow cameras in the courtroom.

A resident of Charleston, W.Va., Pierson is an art teacher, children’s book illustrator and painter of outdoor murals. He has also served as Director of Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

For more information, contact event organizer Karen Vuranch at kvuranch@concord.edu or call the Concord University Beckley Center at 304-384-5614.

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