They've been around mines since babyhood. Almost every man they respect is a miner. There is honor accorded to the men who do it in their world.
Grandfather Bob Sr in the changing room of the family's mine, as his grandson plays with coal from the stove. The child's father was working a shift underground. Â
One of the last dirt race tracks in anthracite country, Big Alâ€™s is owned by a coal miner and continues the tradition of rough, flamboyant racing during off-duty hours both as racers and spectators. Children start learning early, racing in buggies and carts. Here Big Al washes his granddaughter after her muddy finish.
Hailey's Homework,Â Â D&F Mine, 2013
Â Eight-year-old Hailey's dad is a coal miner.Â She is dropped off by her school bus each afternoon at the dirt road, blackened by coal dust, which leads to the mine.Â Sitting in her dad's truck, surrounded by suspended cables, loaders, trucks, and piles of coal,Â she quietly works on her schoolwork until he returns to the surface from underground and they go home.
Jordan and his father Kerry, co-owners of D&F Mine, Schuylkill Co. PA 2013
Retired Coal Miner, Lykens, Pennsylvania 2010
Â 90-year-old retired miner who has a small museum of mining memorabilia in his garage, holding a 45-year-old photograph showing himself and others attempting to rescue trapped miners after an underground cave-in. His brother died in that accident.