Monongah Mine disaster memorial (1)
On the morning of December 6th, 1907 in the coal town of Monongah, WV, the ground shook and a large portion of the mine entrance was blown away by the explosion of gasses in the mine. At least 361 souls were lost, several of them children. The Workers were mainly Italian immigrants. Upon news of the disaster, the wives of these men started digging through the rubble to try and help rescuers. It was and still is the worst coal mine disaster in the united states. The people of Molise Italy (original home for many of the workers) Donated a bronze bell in honor of those lost in the disaster. It can be swung and rung manually or an electronic powered clapper on the outside of the bell can ring the bell. The three flags are the WV state flag, the US flag and the Italian flag.