Associate Membership Spotlight

Mackenzie New Walker


Mackenzie is a 2018 graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Upon graduation, she immediately went to work for the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum as Director.

Under her leadership, the museum obtained several grants that expanded its ability to include many projects, such as Courage in the Hollers, where historical monuments were erected in various locations honoring those who helped form the UMWA. She also helped establish a program where UMWA history was taught in the local school system. One of her passions include educating children on UMWA community history.

Today, thanks to the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Board of Directors and Mackenzie’s tireless work, the museum has educated children, as well as the public, on the history of UMWA coal mining ancestors who fought and died to form a union, to no longer be slaves to the coal barons.

“It is a pleasure to work with my friends from Local Union 1440,” said Mackenzie. “Being an associate member is truly a blessing. I feel like I am a part of a family. I thank the UMWA for everything they have done to support the Mine Wars museum.”