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PA Historical and Museum Commission Announces 28 New State Historical Markers.

Forbes Field, Quecreek Mine Rescue Site and August Wilson among those recognized

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania labor leader James Maurer, the Bradford Oil Refinery and the Langhorne Speedway are some of the 28 people and places that will soon be honored with historical markers.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has approved the placement of 28 new state markers. Their placement will be observed through community dedication programs.

"These markers will pay tribute to Pennsylvania's rich and complex history," said Commission Chairman Wayne S. Spilove. "At the same time, they will honor and recognize the many Pennsylvanians who have made great contributions not just to our state, but the world."

The markers, nominated by citizens and groups in the state, were approved at the commission's recent meeting.

The Quecreek Mine Rescue Site in Somerset County, modern dance legend Martha Graham and the Execution of the Molly Maguires are some of the other marker subjects.

There are more than 2,000 historical markers across the state depicting significant events, places and people. More information on the historical marker program is available at http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a list of the newly approved historical markers:
 Name of Marker Description County

 August Wilson African-American Playwright Allegheny

 Charles Margiotti First Italian-American to become Allegheny/
 state attorney general Jefferson

 Forbes Field First all-steel and concrete Allegheny
 ballpark in the nation

 Martha Graham Known for contributions to Allegheny
 modern dance

 Three Rivers Stadium Former Home of the Pittsburgh Allegheny
 Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers

 James Maurer PA reformer and labor leader Berks

 Langhorne Speedway Circular racetrack known as the Bucks
 "Big Left Turn" opened in 1926

 Execution of Molly Largest mass execution in PA Carbon/
 Maguires history Schuylkill

 John I. Thompson Last remaining wood grain elevator Centre
 Grain Elevator and coal sheds in PA
 and Coal Sheds

 Zachariah Walker African-American burned alive for Chester
 admitting killing a white
 security guard in self-defense

 Locust Grove African-American Civil War Cumberland
 Cemetery cemetery

 Darby Hilldales (The) Eastern Colored League baseball Delaware
 team from 1910-1932

 Sun Shipbuilding & Largest shipyard in the world Delaware
 Dry Dock Co. during World War II

 Glomar Explorer Recovered sunken Soviet sub in Delaware
 1974 where secret code books
 and ballistic missiles were obtained

 Connellsville Coke Famous for rich coal and standard- Fayette
 Region setting coke

 William Chester Ruth African-American inventor Lancaster

 William G. McGowan Founder of MCI Communications Luzerne
 Corporation

 Bradford Oil Refinery Oldest continually operating oil McKean
 refinery in the U.S.

 Philo T. Farnsworth Inventor of electronic television Montgomery

 Shovel Shop One of the last surviving structures Montgomery
 from the 1700s associated w/
 hardware production

 Edmund N. Bacon Prominent 20th Century urban Philadelphia
 planner

 Siegmund Lubin Early film pioneer Philadelphia

 Tommy Loughran World Light Heavyweight Boxing Philadelphia
 Champion, 1927-1929

 Victor Schertzinger Award-winning composer Schuylkill

 Quecreek Mine Rescue Rescue led to regulation changes Somerset
 Site for mines, and improved mine
 worker safety

 Little Africa Early integrated community involved
 in Underground Railroad Warren

 Miller Mansion (The) Served as UGRR station Warren

 H.C. Frick Coke The world's largest producer of Westmoreland
 Company's Standard coke ash
 Shaft Works





CONTACT: Jane Crawford, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, +1-717-783-9882.

CONTACT: Jane Crawford, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, +1-717-783-9882

Web site: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/
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