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A former coal tycoon donated over $1 million to coal miners whose employer declared bankruptcy

Aug 05, 2019 - CNN
Donations and Philanthropy

For the eighth straight day, miners are blocking cars full of coal from passing on a railway track in Eastern Kentucky to protest their employer, who stopped paying their wages after declaring bankruptcy.

Now, to ease the miners' financial burden, a former coal tycoon has donated over $1 million to directly assist those miners and their families.

On Monday, the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation donated over $1 million to give 508 Blackjewel miners in immediate need $2,000 each. C...