The Legacy of Coal in America’s Heartland

Delegation to Southern Illinois with Jeff Biggers
November 5, 6 and 7

Travel with EJC to southern Illinois where we will experience the ecological, economic and social footprint of coal.  Our guide will be award-winning journalist and cultural historian Jeff Biggers, whose family homestead in the Shawnee National Forest has been strip-mined.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Visits to:
    • Mother Jones’ tomb at the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive.
    • A strip mine and a longwall mine.
    • Coal ash and coal slurry ponds.
    • Peabody coal-fired power plant in Lively Grove.
  • Discussions with affected residents and coal miners.
  • Touring historical sites relevant to coal’s long history in the area.
  • Sunset at the Garden of the Gods to experience the beauty of the Shawnee range.
  • A catfish dinner in Elizabethtown on a river barge.

We will stay on the Ohio River at the San Damiano Retreat Center, and hold a post-tour discussion in the lodge.

Space is Limited!

If interested, contact:
Pam or Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
773.556.3417 / 3418

Click here for a flier.

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