Knox at 54

June 27th, 2015 1:21 am

First Posted: 1/13/2013

Significant historical events always get more attention when their anniversaries fall in zero numbers years, such 50.

But just because the anniversary of the Knox Mine Disaster this year is a boring number, 54, don't dismiss it.

The actual anniversary is January 22. The memorial mass is today at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. The wreath laying at the Knox Memorial in front of Baloga's Funeral Home is 11:15 a.m. next Sunday.

If you aren't well-versed in the disaster, the 54th year is as good a year to learn about it as the 50th or 60th.

One way is to read the book, The Knox Mine Disaster: The Final Years of the Northern Anthracite Industry and the Effort to Rebuild a Regional Economy by Robert P., Kenneth C. and Nicole H. Wolensky.