Coal and coal mining or lack of it seems to be in the news each and every week. In late September I was invited to Lynch, KY to make photographs during a special weekend, the weekend of the local Pastor’s church anniversary, in the heart of coal country In Harlan County. It was my 17 years of work in the African-American hamlets in the inner Bluegrass Region that led to this invitation. Here are a few from this invitation where I was welcomed in and invited to come back again. Yes, there are African Americans in Appalachia.