Fraterville Mine Disaster
100th Anniversary Memorial Service
May 19, 2002
Briceville Church

On a beautiful May morning at 7:30 a.m., exactly 100 years after the Fraterville Mine Disaster, the bell tolled at Briceville Church.  Once for every man and boy who perished in the mine.  A service was held in memory of the over 200 men and boys who perished in the mine.  Over 100 people attended the service.  Many were descendants of the miners.  The following is a photo summary of the service.  News articles describing the service follow the photos.  The program followed a similar pattern to the memorial service held throughout the community 100 years ago.

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Photos courtesy of Jan Frew and the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

Rev. Roy Daugherty opened the service.

Local historian and writer Charles "Boomer" Winfrey gave a history of Coal Creek and the Fraterville Mine.

Tony Thomas, Linda Gunderson, and T.J. Albert performed special music, including the song "When the Mines Grew Still in Fratersville".

Ms. Elizabeth Smith Pirtle read from her mother's book "Let me tell you about Coal Creek" describing the history of the black citizens of Coal Creek, Tennessee.


Rev. Roy and Della Daugherty sang some beautiful songs.

Special music performed by Rev. Tim Russell and wife Billie.

Descendants Don Vowell and Louise Nelson read the names of the boys and men who perished in the mine.  All the names were read by volunteers.

Scene from the back of the Briceville Church.  After the service attendees enjoyed the view and studied headstones of miners killed in both the Fraterville and Cross Mountain Mine Disasters.

Thank you to Rev. Pastor Barnette from the Briceville Church of God, Pastor Tim Russell of Briceville First Baptist Church, Mark "Hollywood" Whaley from Anderson County FEMA Project Impact, the singers and musicians from both churches, and Freddie Wright from UMWA for participating in the service.

100th Anniversary Bus Tour

List of Fraterville Miners

News Articles:

The Knoxville News Sentinel  5/26/02
Fraterville Mine anniversary elicits thoughts, memories
The Courier News 5/22/02
On holy ground
The Knoxville News Sentinel 5/20/02
Remembering Fraterville's dead
The Louisville Courier-Journal  5/19/02
Victims' kin mark mine-blast centennial
1902 explosion left hundreds dead in Tennessee
The Nashville Tennessean 5/19/02
Descendants gather to remember mine disaster victims
Atlanta Independent Media Center  5/19/02
Memorial service marks the 100th anniversary of the Fraterville Mine Disaster
Daily Telegraph Bluefield-Princeton, WV  5/19/02
'Oh God, for one more breath'
Cable News Network (CNN) 5/18/02
Mining disaster remembered 100 years later
Charleston, WV Daily Mail  5/18/02
'Oh God, for one more breath'
The LaFollette Press  5/16/02
Coal Creek group receives ETHS award
The Oak Ridger 5/16/02
Dying miners wrote their final farewells
The Oak Ridger 5/15/02
Disaster in Anderson County: Sunday marks 100th anniversary of Fraterville Mine Explosion
The Courier News 5/15/02
The Battle of Fatal Rock
The Courier News  5/12/02
Who will remember May 19, 1902?
The Knoxville News Sentinel 5/12/02
Oh God, for one more breath
The Knoxville News Sentinel May 10 and 11, 2002
Advertisements for May 12, 2002 Fraterville 100th anniversary article
The Oak Ridger 5/10/02
Coal mining history preservation efforts awarded
The Knoxville News Sentinel 5/6/02
Volunteers needed for church cleaning
The Knoxville News Sentinel 5/5/02
Descendants of Fraterville Mine disaster victims mark 100 years
The Oak Ridger 5/3/02
Events will commemorate Fraterville mine explosion
The LaFollette Press  5/2/02
Fraterville to mark 100th anniversary of mining disaster

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