Edward Austin, 64, lives in the Black portion of Fireco, a small town near Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. He receives Black lung benefits and a United Mine Workers Pension, after working in the mines from 1925 to 1956. He has 20 children and does not regret having them one bit.
Clarice Brown, 19, is a secretary in the United Mine Workers Field Services Office in Charleston, West Virginia. Her father was a miner who died of Black Lung disease, caused by shortage of breath as the lung sacs are filled with coal dust.