Today in Labor History – June 22nd

Crews bury 16 victims of the massacre in what was then the pauper portion of the Herrin City Cemetery

A several hundred striking miners seized a group of strikebreakers scabbing for the Southern Illinois Coal Company, killing 19, in what would become known as the “Herrin Massacre.” Several strikers were held in the Williamson County jail, which is now a historical museum focusing on the conflict. Those who were tried for the murders were all acquitted – 1922

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