Tag: West Virginia

To mark the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, the New York Times has launched a new series dubbed “Caught in Poverty.” For the inaugural article in the series, journalist Trip Gabriel and photographer Travis Dove visited McDowell County, “the poorest in West Virginia…emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century.” On visiting McDowell County, what…

This is what post-election drama in the Rust Belt looks like:

The American flag is flying upside down and at half staff at a McDonald’s about 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, in Follansbee, WV. We’re told it was the owner’s decision, and we’re trying to track him down to find out his reasons. The pic here is obviously getting a

In “A Testimony of Serpent Handling,” Oregon-based photographer Hunter Barnes documents the lives of “the last of a small community of Serpent Handlers abiding to the word of God” in Jolo, West Virginia.

According to Barnes, these serpent handlers are “a family of faith that lives under a doctrine not commonly seen today. [West Virginia] is the last state where…

It doesn’t bode well for your town when deaths outpace births; when grade schools are half empty but senior care homes and cemeteries are ready to pop. That’s what’s happening in Weirton, West Virginia. With the town’s funeral-to-baptism ratio currently set at 15 to 1, the future looks bleak. Kenneth Johnson, a senior demographer at the Carsey Institute at the…