In Charleston, West Virginia, family, friends and fellow activists gathered Sunday to pay tribute to Larry Gibson, who began his campaign against mountaintop removal nearly three decades ago. Gibson, founder of Keeper of the Mountain, fought to save his remaining ancestral land on Kayford Mountain, which has been mostly destroyed by the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. He also fought to end coal mining throughout Appalachia. FSRN’s Melinda Tuhus was at the memorial and brings you the voices of some who paid tribute to Gibson.
You just heard Victoria Gibson, Larry Gibson’s daughter; the Rev. Dennis Sparks, retired director of the West Virginia Council of Churches; Debbie Graff, a member of the speakers’ bureau of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, and Mitch Anderson with Amazon Watch. This segment was recorded in Charleston, West Virginia by FSRN’s Melinda Tuhus at a memorial service for environmental activist Larry Gibson, who died last month at the age of 66 at his home on Kayford Mountain.