Friday, July 27, 2018, is officially designated as "Ginger Goodwin Day" by the Province of British Columbia. This date marks 100 years exactly since his death in the mountains near Cumberland, BC.
You are invited to stop by the Cumberland Museum and Archives, open by donation all day, to visit Goodwin's Reach, our most recent Temporary Exhibit showcasing creative projects inspired by the Goodwin story.
2pm - Join us for a screening of Goodwin's Way with filmmaker Neil Vokey in attendance.
This screening is the first since the return of the Goodwin's Way signs to Highway 19, which were unveiled during Miners Memorial 2018!
About the Film
When highway signs commemorating folk hero Ginger Goodwin disappear, the documentary Goodwin’s Way finds the nearby Cumberland, B.C. at a crossroads with its history.
Goodwin, a rebellious labour activist, was slain by police under mysterious circumstances almost a century ago, yet his name still elicits wounds that date back to the town’s coal mining past.
Residents weave an oral tapestry of fact and myth - some remember Goodwin as a criminal, while many others admire the ideals of equality and self-determination he fought for. Those ideals have long been overshadowed by Cumberland’s dependency on a resource economy, which are chronicled from boom times to bust.
Now, as young families set their sights on building a sustainable generation, a new proposal for a coal mine threatens to make history repeat itself. Amidst an effort to oppose the project, residents young and old reconnect with Ginger Goodwin’s legacy - his ‘way’.
Goodwin’s Way straddles the dividing line between historical and current-event documentary genres to tell the story of a community fighting for autonomy over its past, and its future.
3:45 PM: Photograph Reveal
We will be revealing the official re-enactment photograph, taken by Ron Pogue Photography.
The iconic photograph taken by Ken Hayashi in 1918 painted a vivid picture. Friends, neighbours, and fellow workers, shocked and outraged, gathered on Dunsmuir Avenue to form a procession over a mile long to walk Goodwin’s body to his final resting place. The procession was led by a brass band and Goodwin’s casket was carried by mourners.
The re-enactment of Goodwin’s funeral procession on Saturday, June 23, was the pivotal event of Miners Memorial 2018.Theatreworks performers headed the procession along with a brass band and many, many community members from near and far.
See the 2 images spanning 100 years; the evolution of the Village evident in the backdrop!
This walking tour tells the story of why and how he died by highlighting the people and places in Cumberland that were a part of Ginger Goodwin’s story on the exact day, 100 years later, that Ginger Goodwin was shot.
With guide Marianne Bell. Leaves from the Cumberland Museum and Archives.