Drowning in Dust: The Burden of Black Lung Disease in Central Appalachia

“Drowning in Dust” includes oral histories and photographs to document lived experiences and stories of coal miners with black lung disease and progressive massive fibrosis, preventable illnesses on the rise in Central Appalachia. Through the collection of interviews and photographs from coal miners, their family members, legal representatives, clinical providers, and researchers in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, this research will document how black lung disease and progressive massive fibrosis have impacted lives and communities. This research will explore how lived experience confirms, aligns, supports, questions, and challenges the quantitative data proving the dramatic increase of these diseases.