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Remembering the Herrin Massacre

 A memorial at the Herrin City Cemetery for the men killed in the massacre.
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A memorial at the Herrin City Cemetery for the men killed in the massacre.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest labor disputes in the country. Striking coal miners in the town of Herrin clashed with men brought in to operate a local mine.

The situation escalated and soon turned violent. In the end, nearly two dozen people were killed, most of them strikebreakers. We look back on a dark chapter in the history of organized labor and southern Illinois.

Sean Crawford talked with historian and author Jon Musgrave. This conversation was recorded for the program Statewide. You can listen to the conversation by clicking here.

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