Gary Bentley, born and raised in the small Appalachian coal field community of Whitesburg, Kentucky, where he lived for twenty nine years. Gary is a former underground coal miner of twelve years. In 2012, Gary was forced to leave his hometown in search for a new career as the coal market declined and jobs began to leave the region. He is currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky. Gary is sharing his stories of being a coal miner to educate the public on the realities of contemporary coal mining and Appalachia.

Gary B Bentley