Mill Weirton, WVA. in the process of being torn down. "They're tearing out the heart of the mill"-Cathy, Weirton resident
Don in his yard.
House by the former ISG steel mill in Weirton, WVA
House a mile from the former steel mill at Sparrows Point, 2018.
“The rise of heroin and fentanyl have led to rapid increases in overdose deaths in states like West Virginia, Ohio...and Pennsylvania.”-Vox, 2017
On Main St. in Weirton, WVA
Weirton 25 reunion.
Dick in his livingroom
The Goodtime Saloon butts up against the abandoned RG Steel mill on Main St., Yorkville Ohio.
Guard shack, Yorkville Ohio
Abandoned RG mill, Yorkville Ohio
Shattered hard hat left behind at the abandoned RG mill in Yorkville, Ohio
Main St. Yorkville, Ohio
Rolled steel at dusk, Weirton WVA
Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross enters the National Press Club in D.C. Ross's International Steel Group bought Bethlehem Steel and refused to take over the retiree pensions in 2004.
Ripped flag. The former Eastern Stainless mill can be seen behind an American flag flying at a used car dealership.
Eddie Bartee Jr. and Eddie Bartee Sr. Eddie Sr. was integral in desegerating the mills at Sparrows Point and was the first black president of Local 2610.
Card on a filing cabinet at an abandoned Union office in Batimore.
Bob in an abandoned mill
Backhoe and girters
Tom in his basement
Cigar box of medals
Bud and his camera
William at the mills.
Ted and his tree
Retiree at his meeting
Vats and weeds
Joe in his yard
America in 2006
The main office 2018
Lee in his livingroom
What you need to know about Communism.
Man in the safe
Fresh water line (now defunct)
Retirees wait to hear about more benefit cuts.
When we won stuff
Chairs in the old union hall.
Smoke break during a meeting
Hard hat area
Benefit cut reaction
Cloud where the mills used to be.
All for Thee This Day: The Fall of International Steel
With my series, All for Thee This Day: The Fall of American Steel, I've been documenting the fall of Sparrow's Point as a steel town for over a decade. The people are tied to the landscape and the landscape tied to steel for over a century. With Trump's new tariffs, something Bush tried in 2002 to disastrous results, I've started to revisit the town and it's residents and retirees. This series is unpublished. "These are they who build thy houses, weave thy raiment, win thy wheat, smooth the rugged, fill the barren, turn bitter to sweet. All for thee this day? and ever. What reward for them is meet?"-Morris, March of the Workers.