February 13th, 2008 by The Lexington Herald-Leader

The coal-camp community of Lynch, Ky. extends over 2 miles along KY 160 in eastern Harlan County. When formed in 1917 by U.S. Steel, the historic black community had over 10,000 residents and by 1919 was mining over one million tons of coal using the world’s largest coal tipple. The community, now home to less than 2000, continues to celebrate their coal and African American heritage by holding an annual Memorial Day reunion. Photographs by Charles Bertram.