West Virginia State Capitol Complex Walking Tour

WV Coal Miners Memorial

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This memorial is located on the grounds of the WV State Capitol Complex. It was designed by Burl Jones in 2002.


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The West Virginia Coal Miners Memorial is located at the State Capitol Complex, between the West Wing of Building 1 and the bus pickup area (former visitor’s metered parking lot) adjacent to the Culture Center.  It is best accessed via Washington St. East and Greenbrier St.

This memorial, designed by sculptor Burl Jones, features a statue of a coal miner.  It commemorates the hard-working men and women who have toiled in the difficult work of mining coal.  the memorial 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, as well as the countless other sacrifices West Virginia miners have made over the years.

1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston , West Virginia 25305

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