Monongah Mine Centennial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

It's been 100 years since 362 men and boys were killed in a West Virginia mine explosion that still stands as the deadliest coal mining disaster in U.S. history.

The centennial of the Monongah Mine accident is being recognized with three special events in the Marion County town where the disaster took place.

The August event, set for the 16th though the 19th, will include a dinner with Governor Manchin as speaker. Also planned is a candlelight vigil at Mount Calvary Cemetery, a parade, and a Sunday Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Bishop Michael Bransfield.

In October, a statue will be dedicated to the widows of the Monongah disaster. And in December, a special bell from Italy will be presented to the town.
Manchin says that by recognizing the Monongah disaster, West Virginia is not only remembering the past, but also recognizing today's miners.
The December Sixth, 1907, explosion is believed to have been ignited by electrical sparks.

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