Artist donates sculpture to honor coal miners

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A bronze sculpture to honor eastern Kentucky miners is planned for the Coal Museum in Benham.

The Harlan Daily Enterprise ( reports the piece, called "A Way of Life," is being donated by artist Joyce Minnick, a Harlan native who currently lives in Indiana. Minnick says she used items that belonged to her grandfather, John W. Jump of Closplint, to create the sculpture.

Now, she is raising funds to cast her creation in bronze before it is placed at the museum. In order to do that, she is asking that people interested in adding a loved one's name to a bronze plaque that will go with the sculpture contribute $100 to the project. She says those who contribute will be notified of the date that the sculpture will be dedicated.