My name is Paula Jean Swearengin. I am a proud native of Mullens, West Virginia, and my coal mining roots run deep.
I’m a coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter, niece and stepdaughter. As a child, I felt a deep sense of pride in our state’s coal industry. I felt pride that West Virginia’s coal powered our nation through the Industrial Revolution, that it ran our factories through World War II, and that it keeps us running today.