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Burials of Herrin Massacre Victims Found in Illinois

Friday, November 15, 2013

HERRIN, ILLINOIS—Researchers digging in the Herrin City Cemetery have located the remains of four men killed during a 1922 labor strike at an Illinois coal mine. Known as the Herrin Massacre, the fighting took place between union and non-union miners. “These men wound up about 80 feet farther away than we thought they would be,” said historian Scott Doody, who identified the victims of the massacre by the handles and plates on their coffins.