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"Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1964. Willie and Vivian Cornett sitting on porch." Willie, a recently laid off coal miner, and wife Vivian had 12 children when William Gedney snapped this exposure on his first visit with the Cornett family. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.