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Briceville in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Welsh in Coal Creek

 
 
Welsh in Coal Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Welsh in Coal Creek Marker
Inscription.  In the last half of the 1800s, the Welsh in America published books in their native language at a time when it was illegal to do so in Great Britain. Coal Creek miners Rees R. Thomas and his son David R. Thomas donated a rare collection of those books to Harvard University.

"The Welsh of Tennessee" (2012) by Dr. Eirug Davies of Harvard University tells how Welsh miners and iron workers helped East Tennessee rebuild after the American Civil War, while preserving their native language and culture. That book recognizes research by Briceville students, proving that learning is an unbroken circle in Coal Creek.
 
Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation series list.
 
Location. 36° 10.683′ N, 84° 11.067′ W. Marker is in Briceville, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Slatestone Road, on the left when traveling

Welsh in Coal Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Welsh in Coal Creek Marker
Marker is on the left.
north. Marker is located in front of the Briceville Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Briceville TN 37710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Legacy of Condy Harmon (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Coal Creek War" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cross Mountain Disaster (about 500 feet away); Briceville Church (about 500 feet away); Miners' Circle Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Fraterville Disaster (approx. 2.1 miles away); Itinerant Miners' Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Village of Brothers (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Briceville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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