“Mine 21,” a short documentary about a deadly coalmine explosion that took place in the region in 1981, will have its local premiere at Monteagle El-ementary School at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 24. “Mine 21” will also be screened at 5 p.m., Sun-day, October 28, at the Sewanee Union Theatre.
The film follows Kelsey Arbuckle and Alexa Fults, both from Grundy County and current students at Sewanee, as they find out more about this event. The disaster took place in Whitwell, Tenn., on De-cember 8, 1981, and took the lives of 13 miners. The effect in Marion and Grundy counties was tragic.
“Thirteen people in a small community,” says one of the people interviewed in the film. “It effected everybody.” The investigation into the explosion eventually reached the U.S. Senate.
The screenings of the documentary, directed by Sewanee alumnus Stephen Garrett and produced by Professor Chris McDonough, are free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow each screening.