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Wilkes University Hosts Jan. 20 Lecture About African American Coal Miners in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The unique story of African American coal miners in the anthracite region will be the focus of a lecture by Christine Patterson, Ph.D., on Friday, Jan. 20 at Wilkes University. “African American Coal Miners in Northeastern Pennsylvania: A Personal Perspective” will be presented at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of Stark Learning Center. John Hepp, Wilkes University associate professor of history, will contribute to the discussion following the presentation, which will be moderated by Robert Wolensky, history professor at King’s College. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

A native of the Wyoming Valley, Patterson holds a doctorate in education and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She also is the niece of Wilkes-Barre’s Edgar Patience, the famous anthracite coal sculptor, who was also a miner for a short time.

The presentation is part of a regional observance of Mining History Month. Other programs are planned between Jan. 7-29, 2017, at locations in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Plymouth, Dallas, Peckville, and Ashley. The annual event focuses on the anthracite industry in northeastern Pennsylvania, including the mineworkers, their families, and communities.

The programs are sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, King’s College, Wilkes University, Misericordia University, the Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern Council, the Greater Pittston Historical Society, the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Wyoming Seminary Lower School, the Anthracite Café, the Anthracite Living History Group, and the Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Committee.