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Library recognizes Diamond mine disaster

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 6:57 a.m. CDT

The coal miners who entered the Diamond Mine on Feb. 16, 1883 thought it was just another day. But at 11 a.m., an unusual amount of water was discovered flowing to the bottom of the shaft.

An alarm sounded, but it was too late. The memorial for the miner’s on Illinois 113 lists 74 victims. They left 39 widows and 93 children behind. This disaster brought about changes in mine safety laws.

The Coal City Public Library District sponsors a monthly program entitled “We Remember,” which features past events, shared stories and old pictures and artifacts.

This month “We Remember” will meet  from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 feature the 130th anniversary of the Diamond Mine Disaster.

Michele Micetich, the curator of the Carbon Hill School Museum and president of the Carbon Hill Historical Society will be the guest speaker.

Refreshments will be served.

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