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A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennsylvania, Photographs by Renée Jacobs

November 2, 2019 – March 1, 2020
Artist(s): Renee Jacobs

This exhibition chronicles Centralia’s demise from an underground coal mine fire and depicts a singular epic event in Pennsylvania history, representing the confluence of environmental, scientific, bureaucratic, and emotional tragedies. As an award winning photojournalist, Jacobs moved into a house in Centralia’s impact zone in 1983 to document, in photographs and interviews, the end stages of the tiny anthracite coal town’s unsuccessful fight to resolve the intractable problems that began with the mine fire in 1962 and culminated in the razing of the town by the federal government.


Artist's Talk with Renée Jacobs: A Moderated by Tom Rankin

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.