Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Workers Grave Site
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Paintedwarrior
N 38° 13.938 W 080° 51.054
17S E 513049 N 4231600
Quick Description: Tells about what happened to the migrant workforce used to dig the tunnel.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/14/2012 5:20:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMF31M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
Views: 19

Long Description:
Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Workers Grave Site

While digging Hawks Nest Tunnel in early 1930s, hundreds of the mostly black, migrant workforce contracted acute silicosis from silica dust and later died. Many were buried in secret, unmarked graves to the north. In 1971, the bodies were reburied nearby. The tragic event is one of the worst disasters in American history.
Marker Number: none

Marker Title: Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Workers Grave Site

Marker Location: East of Route 19

County or Independent City: Summersville

Web Site: [Web Link]

Marker Program Sponsor: West Virginia Archives and History, 2011

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