{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

Coal miner Lee Hipshire in shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. at the end of his shift. At age he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease.

Coal Miner in Harlan County, Ky, My favorite missionaries live and work here.

Coal Miner in Harlan County, Ky, My favorite missionaries live and work here.

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith

Three Welsh coal miners just up from the pits after a day's work in coal mine in Wales, photo by W. Eugene Smith - coal dust all over their faces!

Coal miners picking out "impurities" before the coal is processes. Before the child labor laws, much of this work was done by boys.

Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning documentary depicted a group of coal miners' prolonged and frequently dangerous strike against the Brookside Mine in Harlan County, Ky. In addition to raising awareness of the miners' fight for safer working c.

Teague and donkey, "Doghole mine".  Jack Corn Photography

The entrance to the black diamond mine from years ago. Teague and donkey, "Doghole mine".

War on Poverty: Portraits From an Appalachian Battleground, 1964

War on Poverty: Portraits From an Appalachian Battleground, 1964

18 Year Old Coal Miner, Ray Martin Near Islom, Kentucky Saw the same all over Virginia and West Virginia

Coal Miner's are still dying from Black Lung.

Coal Miner's are still dying from Black Lung. Coal dust scars lung tissue & then oxygen cannot cross into the bloodstream & waste cannot be exhaled!

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