Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Coal Creek War 1891-92

Marker ID: THC 1D 32
Location: TN 116, Anderson County, in Briceville, Air Base Road
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 10.667    W 084° 11
  36.17778333    -84.18333333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Coal Creek Valley was the scene of an armed rebellion against the state by free miners seeking an end to the common practice of leasing convicts to coal companies. On Oct. 31, 1891 the convict laborers at Briceville were freed by armed miners. The revolt was subdued by the state militia, but led to the eventual abolition of the "convict lease system" and the establishment of Brushy Mountain State Prison in 1898.