Crandall Canyon Mine Memorial
Heroes Among Us, honoring the nine miners who died as a result of the August 2007 collapse at Murray Energy Corp.'s Crandall Canyon Mine. The Crandall Canyon Mine Memorial was unveiled on September 14, 2008 in Huntington, Utah. Major funding was generously provided by Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. and his father, retired industrialist and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr.; additional funds were generously donated by the victim's families and others.
The idea for Heroes Among Us came to Karen while sitting at breakfast one morning during the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster. Thinking how painful to mourn with no casket, no headstone, she thought a bronze statue might provide comfort.
Using old photographs of the miners and input from loved ones, she created nine deep relief portraits. Not only has the bronze monument provided a place for mourning, six feet off the ground so that the viewer looks each miner in the eye, the monument has ensured that the disaster will forever remain personal.
To see a comprehensive profile of "a place, a people and a memorial, " go to the Press Room to see KUED's Utah NOW episode, THE AFTERMATH OF CRANDALL CANYON.