Monument to coal miners in the works
by W. Brian Hale
Jan 16, 2011 | 3165 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — In August, Lexi Spivey, a 12-year-old student at Carbon Hill Middle School, spoke in front of the Carbon Hill City Council about the establishment and founding of Carbon Hill, which she traced to coal miners and the companies for which they worked.

Spivey then posed this question to the officials: “Why is there no monument to honor the coal miners who helped build our city?”

The inquiry led Mayor Chris Hart and the Carbon Hill councilors to arrange for a monument to be placed on the grounds of city hall to honor not only the coal miners of Carbon Hill, but all the coal miners of Walker County, who contributed in many ways to the growth of the county’s communities.

The plans for the monument call for a 6-foot-tall statue of a coal miner, along with two granite benches. The names of the coal mining companies that employed the miners will adorn the benches.

Hart believes the monument could be something that would draw people from not only the Carbon Hill community, but from the surrounding areas as well. He said he is grateful that Lexi brought her idea to the Council’s attention.

“I don't know why we haven’t done a monument for them before, but I’m thankful it took the heart of one of our young people to make us realize that we need to do something to honor those who built our city,” Hart said. “When we get this built, it’s going to be something that people from all over are going to want to come and see.”

The ground adjacent to the monument will be covered with brick pavers that may be engraved with individuals’ names. Hart said anyone wanting to honor the coal miners, regardless if the person is a Carbon Hill resident or from outside of the city, may purchase a brick, including coal mining companies.

“Anyone who wants to buy a paver doesn’t have to be from Carbon Hill. They can buy a brick in memory of any coal miner,” Hart said. “We have a coal mining company that has already donated some money for the monument and we’re hoping more will come forward to donate some money for it.”

The pavers are available for purchase through Carbon Hill City Hall for $25 per brick. Each brick can contain up to 20 characters per line and up to 3 lines per brick. For more information, call Carbon Hill City Hall at 924-9961.