Scranton, PA 18504   ~  570-963-4804


Black is indeed beautiful.
Black is Indeed Beautiful

A sculpture in coal by African American artist C. Edgar Patience greets the visitor upon entering the main exhibit area.  Many miners carved coal as a hobby, and some sold pieces as souvenirs.  Patience, however, raised the form to the level of high art.  His works have been displayed in such respected forums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.  His largest work is a two-ton anthracite altar in the chapel of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.  Additional pieces by Patience are located throughout the Museum.  

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The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and 
Iron Furnaces, administered by Chester Kulesa, Site Administrator,
 are two of three sites that make up the Anthracite Museum Complex, 
which also includes 
Eckley Miner's Village.

The Museum and Iron Furnaces are owned and operated by the 
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Historical and Museum 
Commission, Harrisburg, PA.

Tom Corbett, Governor
Andrew E. Masich, Chairman
James M. Vaughan, Executive Director

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