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Raleigh-Wyoming coal miners remembered with new monument

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WYOMING COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

A special ceremony took place today in Wyoming County. In the 1930's & 40's, the Glen Rogers Mine was one of the largest and most productive in the state. But all of that productivity came with a cost.

Those who gathered at Glen Rogers Memorial Park saw the unveiling of a new monument today. Engraved on the monument... the names of those who lost their lives in the Glen Rogers Mine.

During the ceremony, event organizer Dvon Duncan read the names aloud. All totaled there were 160 mine deaths from 1921 to 1960, the years of operators. Because the mine has been closed since 1960 there's really not much of it left. Which is why Duncan says the new memorial is so important.

"This park was established to honor those men, some of whom still remain entombed in that mine. This may be the only monument some of their relatives ever have for the people that they loved."

In attendance was resident Bonnie Powers, whose father worked in the mine from the end of World War II until the mine's closing. She says her father's safety was always a concern for her mother.

"I remember mother worrying about him a lot. I think it was, as he said, 'a hot mine.' But, (when) you have a family, you earn a living." 

State Senator Sue Cline was in attendance, and even helped place the wreath. She hopes the descendants of these miners can one day come and pay their respects.

"I'm hoping this can get out to where, the people's families, the families of these men that died here, can come here and know that we're honoring them, and that we've not forgotten them."

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