To Honor the Black Coal Miners
and Keep Their Legacy Alive
The Black Coal Miner was recruited by International Harvester and U.S. Steel to work and live in the coal camps of Benham and Lynch. They came in search of a better life, better schools, medical care, improved housing and a living wage. Many died on duty, many were physically disabled from accidents but many live on today and we thank them for giving us hope in the mountains. Once in the coal mines, the black miners quickly gained work skills which included the safe and effective use of explosives, proper ventilation of work areas and property roof support procedures. Despite the hazards of mining and economic penalties such as being short weighed at the scales, black coal miners saw life and work in coal towns as opportunities for themselves and their families. It is with love and respect we honor you. (T. Wagner, P. Obermiller, W. Turner, C. Sundy)
The plaque to the left will provide a listing of the items on the sign below with a brief description.