The 1947 Centralia Mine Disaster

On March 9th, 1946, a letter was stamped as “received” at the Governor’s office in Springfield, Illinois from the miners at the Local 52 union of the United Mine Workers of America, begging him to take action at what they considered unsafe conditions at their mine in Centralia. Four men signed the letter - a little over a year later three of the men would die in a mine explosion.

Sep 6, 2021 | 16:44 | Josh Geiger

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