The West Virginia Coal Miner

The West Virginia Coal Miner

Statue by Burl Jones, 2002

Located at the State Capitol Complex, between the West Wing of Building 1 and the visitor’s metered parking lot, accessed via Washington St., East and Greenbrier St.

This sculpture served as a gathering place during the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in 2010, and continues to be the location where people come to remember the 29 men who lost their lives in that explosion and the countless other sacrifices West Virginia miners have made over the years.

West Virginia Coal Miner

West Virginia Coal Miner

 

Images and text courtesy of the Charleston Public Art Guide

Charleston Public Art Guide front cover

West Virginia Coal Miner
West Virginia Coal Miner
West Virginia Coal Miner