HARD ROCK MINING
Bell Park, Sudbury
A monument depicting a large group of hard rock miners at work was unveiled in Bell Park in 2001. It is located overlooking the bay and was commissioned by the industry to represent a celebration of hard rock mining. It does not commemorate the hundreds of miners who lost their lives in the industry, however. Ed Thomas, in his book Dead But Not Forgotten, draws visitors attention to this omission and expresses the hope that the future will see a plaque attached recognizing those who lost their lives in the mines.
The monument has been surrounded by controversy. Community involvement began in 1992 with the original Sudbury Mining Heritage Committee comprised of labour, government, industry and interested citizens, but it was unable to complete the project. Eventually grants from corporations and government helped in its completion.
Photo Credits: Alan Frank