The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial is dedicated to twenty-nine miners who lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 5th, 2010, to the first responders and mine rescuers that put themselves in harm's way to come to the aid of their fellow man and to all individuals who have suffered injury, illness or death as a result of working in the coal industry.
"This striking memorial symbolizes strength. Strength of those brave men, the strength
of their families and the unwavering strength of this community. This memorial stands
as a reminder... a reminder of what we lost, the love we shared for our fallen brothers,
as a reminder that life is often too short and as a reminder that we must always
put safety first. This memorial stands for all of us- to help heal, to reflect and
to never forget."
-Senator Joe Manchin, UBB Miners Memorial Dedication, July 27, 2012
It’s been almost four years since an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in Montcoal, WV killed 29 coal miners. Wreaths will be laid at the UBB Miners Memorial in nearby Whitesville, WV on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 to mark the 4th Anniversary of the disaster and to commemorate the miners who were lost in the explosion. The public is urged to visit the memorial on 04/05/2014 to pay your respects. The wreaths will be in place from dawn to dusk on the 5th.
Preservation Alliance of WV is seeking candidates to fill this AmeriCorps position.
The PreserveWV AmeriCorps full-time member position is for one-year. Member will serve 40 hours per week at the Oak Hill headquarters of the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, although field work with NCHA partners and communities will be required. The member will develop heritage tourism sites throughout the areas by providing assistance to local organizations with projects that help preserve historic structures, conserve documents and artifacts and develop interpretive materials. Projects will be guided by the National Coal Heritage Area Management Plan.
St Joseph Catholic Church in a Whitesville is holding its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Rummage Sale in the church basement today and tomorrow! $7 per dinner.