OOS Sculpture

Hocking Valley Miner

2011 / Alan Cottrill / Shawnee

Hocking Valley Miner Front View

This bronze sculpture was created to honor both the Knights of Labor movement that helped unionize the Hocking Valley coal miners in the 1870s and the workers themselves. It depicts a life-sized miner kneeling on one leg, his face turned towards the sky with a pick axe held over his shoulder, ready to strike the coal beneath. It was dedicated September 3, 2011.

The medallion-like plaques located on three sides of the statue base contain phrases and symbols that are meaningful to the Knights of Labor organization as well as its local chapter.

The sculpture is located In the Knights of Labor Park in between the Tecumseh Theater and Black Diamond Tavern.

Location: Knights of Labor Park, 116 Main Street

County

: Perry

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Citation

: Alan Cottrill, “Hocking Valley Miner,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed October 28, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1723.

Title

Hocking Valley Miner
Hocking Valley Coal Miner
Kneeling Coal Miner

Description

This bronze sculpture was created to honor both the Knights of Labor movement that helped unionize the Hocking Valley coal miners in the 1870s and the workers themselves. It depicts a life-sized miner kneeling on one leg, his face turned towards the sky with a pick axe held over his shoulder, ready to strike the coal beneath. It was dedicated September 3, 2011.

The medallion-like plaques located on three sides of the statue base contain phrases and symbols that are meaningful to the Knights of Labor organization as well as its local chapter.

The sculpture is located In the Knights of Labor Park in between the Tecumseh Theater and Black Diamond Tavern.

Creator

Date

2011

Source

https://pocketsights.com/tours/place/Knights-of-Labor-Miners-Park-32405
https://www.perrytribune.com/community/article_caeab5d5-9810-5a39-8420-9ebada23babe.html
Statue Unveiling and Dedication https://youtu.be/P0XkGotIx4A
https://www.perrytribune.com/community/article_64f2c582-6a06-54ae-bdab-9f8f54229d08.html

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Type

Identifier

1723

Location City

Location County

Provider Entity

Sunday Creek Associates
Village of Shawnee

Location Site

Location Street

116 Main Street

Location Type

Artist Notes

https://www.alancottrill.com/

Media Sculpture Height

8 feet

Installation Date

2011

Materials

Inscription

Plaque 1, a triangle within a pentagon which sits in a hexagon which is surrounded by a circle with 5 star-like points radiating outwards. The text is as follows, starting in the middle and radiating outward: "A.K. THE 9TH," "PRYTANFUM, NORTH AMERICA, JAN 1ST 1878," THAT IS THE MOST PERFECT GOVERNMENT IN WHICH AN INJURY TO ONE IS THE CONCERN OF ALL."
Plaque 2: "K of L" within a laurel intertwined with a triangle.
Plaque 3: "169," with the letters K and L on opposing sides of a triangle containing the letters W and T.