Coal queen pageant contestant Arianna Bailey competes for a crown to represent her family’s way of life. Former miner Goose Stewart lives with the memories of a mine explosion. One thing binds both families: coal.

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Camera, sound & editing by Catherine Orr and Catherine Spangler
Additional camera by Hadley Gustafson
Graphics by Sarah Riazati

SOURCES

McAteer, J. Davitt, et al. Upper Big Branch, The April 5, 2010, explosion: a failure of basic coal mine safety practices, May 2011.

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