WHITESVILLE- The focal point of the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial was installed at the recently completed memorial plaza in Whitesville last week.
On Tuesday, July 17th, contractors and employees of Beckley Crane and Construction delivered the first of six granite segments of the UBB Miners monument and entrance sign to the memorial site from Rock of Ages in Graniteville, VT.
The UBB Miners monument is 48’ long and made from “American Black” granite quarried from the Rock of Ages’ quarry in St. Peters, Pennsylvania. Featured on the front of the monument are life-size silhouettes of 29 miners standing shoulder to shoulder below an engraving of the seal of the state of West Virginia.
Under the miners’ feet are the words, “Come to me, all you who labor, and I will give you rest.” The reverse side details a history of coal in West Virginia. It also includes a tribute to all coal miners and homage to the temporary gazebo memorial that was erected shortly after the explosion. The monument and surrounding plaza were designed by Rob Dinsmore of Chapman Technical Group in St. Albans.
The delivery and installation was coordinated by Arnold Maynard of Beckley Crane and Construction and Pray Construction
The monument will be covered until the official dedication on Friday, July 27th where it will be unveiled during a public ceremony.
Families of UBB victims who plan to attend but have not already confirmed their attendance to the dedication to please contact the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Dickerson with MSHA. Michael’s email address is Dickerson.Michael@dol.gov or a message can be left for him at 304-253-1657. We’re just trying to get a head count of how many from each family are attending and to let them know of the details of the day.
The Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group, Inc was founded in February of 2011 to develop and raise funds for a permanent memorial to the victims of the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine Disaster.
Friday's dedication ceremony will be live streamed online at http://www.themediacenter.tv/live beginning at 2pm.