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.
West Virginia celebrated its 100th birthday in 1973 with rock concerts on the steps of the state capitol. West Virginians took note of the holiday by picknicking on the capital grounds, dancing, and listening to the music.
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.
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Patricia D. Duncan
Lyntha Scott Eiler
John H. White