Monument dedication to be held in honor of miners killed in Orient #2 mine explosion

Monument dedication to be held in honor of miners killed in Orient #2 mine explosion
A monument to honor 119 coal miners who lost their lives 68 years ago will be unveiled in West Frankfort, Ill. on July 4. (Source: KFVS)

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (KFVS) - A dedication ceremony will be held to honor 119 coal miners who lost their lives 68 years ago in West Frankfort, Illinois.

The Orient #2 Monument will be dedicated at Coal Miners Memorial Park in West Frankfort on Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

For the past year, the Old King Coal Committee has been raising funds to place a monument at the park to honor the men who were killed when Orient #2 mine exploded on Dec. 21, 1951.

The committee raised $40,000 for the monument.

The black granite monument is over six feet tall and has an etching of Orient #2 mine, along with the names of the miners who lost their lives.

The monument unveiling ceremony will include remarks local, state and federal lawmakers and a presentation to the 2020 “Walk of Honor” recipient.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Community Room inside West Frankfort Outlet Mall

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