In 1940, the North Carolina movie maker H. Lee Waters came to Dante, Virginia, and filmed community life: children and teachers in the school yards, men lining up to receive their pay, folks shopping at the Clinchfield Coal Company Store #2 and making their way along the bustling streets of this busy town, once the headquarters for the coal company and home to 5,000 people.
The movies are now available online, thanks to the Duke University Library's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Collection.
An effort is underway to identify the people who appear in these two movies. Many names have been contributed and eventually this information will be posted on this website. If you recognize anyone and would like to add their names, please let me know. You can stop the movies at any point and record the time stamp, which appears in the lower left corner.
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