|The idea of a memorial to honor the anthracite miner goes back ten years prior to it's 1997 dedication.
In the late 1980's, Joe Walacavage presented an idea to the Minersville Rotary Club to which he belonged, to erect a monument to highlight the area's rich coal mining heritage. A committee was formed with him as Chairman.
Over the next ten years, many sites and ideas came to the drawing board, but none met the high standards he had in mind. Finally, a piece of land he owned at a prominent intersection, was sold to a developer for a new mini market, with the stipulation that a piece of it be preserved to erect the statue.
Five days later, Joseph Walacavage, miner, father,and friend, passed away.
His legacy will live on every time someone gazes upon the statue outside his hometown of Minersville, and the task to complete his project was taken over by his fellow Rotarians, but that, is the next story.
Thank you Joe, Rest In Peace.