Coal Miner’s Memorial
If you live in Southern Illinois now or lived here any time during the 20th Century, you know that coal was king. “Black Gold” it was called. Coal in fact is one of the main reasons that most southern Illinois towns came into existence. In the late eighteen hundreds there were several mines in the locale that accounted for the livelihood of the residents. There were many thriving communities that were totally dependent on the mines. Now there is a Memorial to honor all miners. past and present, who played such an important role. The efforts are being supported by UMWA.
Herrin was built on a coal miner economy. Over the years many men were killed or injured in the mines. The monument depicts a miner returning home, being greeted by his small son, after a day in the pits. Dedicated on October 14th 2000, the Coal Miners Memorial is a tribute to all Southern Illinois coal miners of the past century. Above is what it looked like while being built and what it looks like today. Coal mining was such an important part of this area that the miner league baseball team in our area is name “The Southern Illinois Miners”.
The inscription at the base of the statue reads, “In memory of coal miners who gave so much that future generations may benefit with a better life. They labored, served their country, sacrificed for their families and some lost their lives. We honor and salute them so that they will never be forgotten.” For information on adding your loved ones name to the wall please contact the Herrin Chamber of Commerce.
A World War I memorial stature, “The Spirit of The American Dough Boy” was dedicated on September 6, 1927 following its acquisition through a project sponsored jointly by the local American Legion and VFW Posts. The solider is forever immortalized in statue form, the solider is seen is his war apparel and stance. The Dough Boy is a symbol of freedom and remembrance of those who fought for our land. The Dough Boy sits in the heart of Herrin on Park Avenue Street after multiple relocations. There are only a few Dough Boys in the country and we are honored to have one in our town.