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Published on Dec 8, 2012
During the 'poverty tour' in 1968, RFK stopped, unannounced, at a Yellow Creek strip-mining site. After a contentious moment of negotiation between RFK and the mine's security staff, mine owner Bill Sturgill allowed Kennedy and his entourage access to the site. During RFKinEKY's recreation of the tour in 2004, 'B&W Resources' gave access to their strip mine site in Knott County, where former Appalachian Volunteer Steve Cawood discusses Kennedy's tour of the Yellow Creek Mine and safety director for B&W Resources Doug Melton speaks about his work. RFK in EKY, The Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project, (2004) is a series of public conversations and art activities centered around the real-time, site-specific, intermedia performance recreating Robert Kennedy's 1968 two-day, 200 mile "poverty tour" of south-eastern Kentucky.