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Coshocton Coal Miners Memorial now nationally-known

| September 29, 2015
Sam Bennett poses with ‘Coal Age’ magazine, a national publication about the coal mining industry, which highlighted the Coshocton Coal Miners Memorial in its September issue.

Sam Bennett poses with ‘Coal Age’ magazine, a national publication about the coal mining industry, which highlighted the Coshocton Coal Miners Memorial in its September issue.

COSHOCTON – During a brick-laying ceremony in August for the Coal Miners Memorial on the Court House lawn, a friend of Sam Bennett’s, Don Green, and a former resident of Coshocton, handed Bennett a ‘Coal Age’ magazine, a publication about the coal mining industry, and said to Bennett that he should call the national publication and tell them about the memorial in Coshocton.

Bennett called the magazine and two days later, received a return call and conducted a phone interview with one of the magazine’s reporters. The article about Coshocton’s memorial to coal miners appeared in the September issue of the magazine distributed throughout the United States. It tells of the history of the memorial and Bennett’s undying pursuit to make the memorial a reality.

“People from all over the United States get this magazine,” said Bennett. “There might be people out there who say, ‘Yes, I’ll write them a check’ or maybe they’ll purchase a brick.”

The article appeared on page 20 of the ‘Coal Age’ magazine and can also be viewed online at coalage.com by clicking on ‘View Current Edition’.

Bennett has been distributing copies of the magazine to community members and businesses who have donated money for the construction of the memorial.

“We’re letting people know that we’re still appreciative,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for their donation of $1,000 or $3,000 or whatever, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Bennett is also tentatively planning another brick-laying ceremony for Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. on the court square. For more information or to purchase a brick in honor or in memory of a coal miner, visit coalminersmemorialfund.org.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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