The coal industry has shaped whole towns in Illinois, and defined their history– towns like West Frankfort. Of course, coal has been pulled right into the middle of the climate change fight. So West Frankfort and its heritage have been dragged in too. Recently, some people from around West Frankfort decided they were going to pull together an army of sorts, to take up their part in that fight.
Dan Weissmann reported this story that includes a princess, a miner and a movement to stop the war on coal, for The Heat of the Moment, a WBEZ series on climate change. I took the photos.