Upper Big Branch marker to be placed at courthouse
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A memorial marker honoring the 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion is being placed on the Raleigh County Courthouse lawn.
The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce will unveil the marker on April 5, the third anniversary of the disaster.
Chamber member Mick Bates tells The Register-Herald that the dedication ceremony will memorialize the fallen miners and recognize those who continue to mine coal and provide electricity for the nation.
The memorial marker was funded through a partnership of the chamber and the Raleigh County Commission, along with a state grant.
Another memorial honoring the Upper Big Branch miners is located in a small park-like plaza in Whitesville. It was dedicated in July 2012. Volunteers raised money for that project.