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Ceremony to honor 100th anniversary of Herrin Massacre 

by Aaron Price | Photo: Jon Musgrave / Williamson County Historical Society
by Aaron Price | Photo: Jon Musgrave / Williamson County Historical Society

6/20/2022 | 1:56 p.m.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY - Two events planned for this week in Herrin will honor the 100th anniversary of the Herrin Massacre.

The "Herrin Massacre" occurred on June 21st and 22nd, 1922 during a nationwide strike by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).

The incident occurred after the owner of a local mine hired "strikebreakers" to work at the mine in place of the UMWA miners due to high debt.

23 people were killed in the massacre, which occurred in a coal mining area between Herrin and Marion after one side fired shots at the other.

The Herrin City Library will host a presentation by Jon Musgrave as a guest speaker at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

You can also view the presentation on Zoom by using the Meeting ID: 849 2146 5809 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Herrin City Cemetery. Both events are free and everyone is invited to attend.

WFCN News will have continuing coverage of the anniversary later this week.


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