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.
A coal miner with the last canary to be used down underground. Canaries were used in the coal mines, to detect methane gas. If the canary died, the miners knew they had to leave or they would die as well.
Learn more about the coal strike of 1902 in the Boundless open textbook. The Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902 is significant as the first labor episode in which the federal government intervened as a mediator.