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1912 McDowell mine explosion graves to be cleared


HAVACO, W.Va. (AP) -- A project to clear the unmarked graves of miners killed in a 1912 explosion in McDowell County is getting help from the Boy Scouts of America.

The cemetery is located in Havaco near the site of the Jed mine explosion that killed 83 miners. Most of the victims are buried there.

McDowell County Commission President Gordon Lambert tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that scouts will help clear the cemetery as a community service project during the national Boy Scout Jamboree.

The jamboree will be held in July at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.

Jerry Step with the County Commission says the county needs to address marking the graves. But the first priority is to clear the cemetery and to keep it cleared.

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