April 28th, 2021

T.Byron K. 2013

Appalachian Restoration Project

I agreed with Prof. Patrick Gainer, who fought to overcome years of hillbilly stereotyping by those outside Appalachia. The reason I believe we need to reclaim our identity is it has been taken from us by those that wish to exploit and damage the region, redefinition will follow. *The Appalachian Restoration Project was created after several frustrating email conversations with a California filmmaker that continued to portray Appalachians in stereotypical ways in his work, and saw no problem with it.

-T. Byron Kelly