April 5, 2010

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

what's happening

August 30, 2014

Thanks again guys!
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August 30, 2014

Just sharing another project that the UBB Memorial Group is working on.  This park is a few hundred feet from the memorial and will contain markers about the history of coal in West Virginia, a stage for events and two picnic pavilions.  You are welcome to like our page The Coal Heritage Riverwalk and keep up with our progress.
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August 17, 2014

Good luck to the Coal River Miners youth football teams as they kick off the 2014 season at home Sunday against Pineville.