Clothing from TV show Justified on display at Kentucky Coal Mining MuseumCostumes worn by actors appearing on the hit TV program Justified are now on display at the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum. The museum, operated and staffed by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is located at Benham in Harlan County. Recently presented with numerous items worn during the shows six-year run on the FX Network where it archived critical acclaim and won several Emmy Awards, museum curator Phyllis Sizemore said the exhibit will rotate from time to time in order to show all pieces of the props and clothes.
Justified ended its run in April, and during time on the air attracted a large and passionate fan base. The show, starring Timothy Oliphant, Walton Goggins and Joelle Carter, had as its focus the fighting of crime in Kentucky, specifically in Harlan County. United States Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens has returned to his native Kentucky from Miami, working from the Marshals office in Lexington, but he spends a majority of his time tracking the sordid deeds of his childhood friend, Boyd.
We are really pleased that the folks from Justified chose to put an exhibit here at the museum, said Sizemore. This is truly a great addition to the museum, and it fits well with our Loretta Lynn exhibit which displays many items she wore while entertaining. We are really excited about the Justified addition, it adds much and boosts our appeal.
The Justified exhibit is located on the third floor of the museum. The museum contains various exhibits pertinent to coal and it production as well as displays of life in a coal-producing town such as Benham and Lynch. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is linked with the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine Tour at nearby Lynch and together, they attract thousands of visitors each year to the area.
When Portal 31 opened, it allowed us to tell the complete story, said Sizemore. Portal 31 tells the coal industrys side of the story illustrating the way coal was extracted from the eons-aged mountains. The museum tells the history and showcases the communities and recounts the colorful history of those who worked and lived in these coal communities.
The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and for further information contact Ms. Sizemore by phoning (606) 848-1530.