A drawing of the life sized bronze sculpture which will honor the Port Washington sandminders.
Save the date for an evening of fine food and entertainment! Sept. 16, featuring Maestro Vincent La Selva and the New York Grand Opera Company at the Village Club of Sands Point. For more information contact Josephine Palawsky at 883-6602.
The Sandminers Monument Inc. will erect a monument honoring the Port Washington sand mine workers, their families, and the businesses that employed them. A life sized bronze sculpture has been designed by local resident Ms. Lauren Garofalo. The final sculpture will be created by noted sculptor Michael Alfano showing a sand miner pushing a wheelbarrow laden with sand on top of which will be the skyline of Manhattan.
The monument will be situated along West Shore Road, on property owned and graciously given to them by the Town of North Hempstead. This site was chosen because it contains the last surviving tunnel used during the sand mining operations.
This monument is dedicated to the sandminers, mostly European immigrants, from countries including Italy, Poland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, and Germany, as well as Russia and Nova Scotia, Canada. These hard working laborers worked to support their families in search of the American dream. Wages were $1.50 in 1910 for a 12-hour day. Many of their descendants thrived and continue to live on the Port Washington peninsula.
Sandminers Monument is a foundation established to honor the sand mine workers who labored in Port Washington for over 100 years. They supplied the bulk of the sand for the concrete in the sidewalks and skyscrapers of New York City. Join in preserving an important part of Port Washington and New York City's history. For more information visit www.sandminers.com