Researchers dig for remains at site of 1922 union massacre in Illinois

Perished: This historic photograph shows Herrin Cemetery where some of the people killed in the 1922 massacre were buried in a common grave. Historians will now excavate the site in search of their remains

Perished: This historic photograph shows Herrin Cemetery where some of the people killed in the 1922 massacre were buried in a common grave. Historians will now excavate the site in search of their remains

Illinois town OKs cemetery excavation in search for remains of scab mine workers slaughtered in infamous 1922 labor dispute bloodbath

  • The Herrin Massacre in southern Illinois saw the slaying of 18 strike breaking miners at the hands of several hundred striking workers over the course of less than 24 hours
  • Two trials followed, but no convictions were ever made in the mass homicide case
  • The tragic massacre came at a time of rapid growth for the United Mine Workers of America and also helped solidify growing anti-union public sentiment

1922 The Herrin Massacre – American Heritage Magazine

 

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