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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is adding five state historical markers, including three in the tiny southwest coal town of Pocahontas.

One of the markers pays homage to the 114 miners who were killed in a mine explosion on March 13, 1884. The bodies were buried together in what became the town's first cemetery.

The other markers include one that memorializes the commercial district that was created in 1881-82 for coal workers. It included the district's centerpiece company store. The final marker relates to Pocahontas Mine No. 1, which was opened in 1882. It produced 1,000 tons of coal a day one year later.

The other historic markers will rise in Richmond to recognize the bread riots of April 1863 and in King George County to recognize the segregation-era Ralph Bunche High School.

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