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Diamond Coal Mine

Sacred to the Memory of our
deceased brothers
who lost their lives
by the flooding of the
Diamond Mine
Feb. 16, 1883

Erected by the
United Mine Workers of America
Sept. 5, 1898


Illinois Firefighters Memorial


The Coal Miner


Irish Monument

This celtic cross honors the memory of more than fifty souls buried here in the early 1850s.  These immigrants from Ireland were driven from the land of their birth by famine and disease.  They arrived sick and penniless, and took hard and dangerous jobs building the Chicago & Alton Railroad.  Known but to God, they rest here in individual anonymity - far from the old homes of their hearts - yet forever short of the new homes of their hopes.  Their sacrifices opened interior Illinois and made it possible to develop the riches of the land we share today.

Placed by McLean County Historical Society
April 28, 2000

"And I long to see the day when Labor will have the destiny of the nation in her own hands and she will stand as a united force and show the world what the workers can do." --- Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, 1830-1930

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