Disagreement brews over excavation work in Herrin


Associated Press

HERRIN, Ill. (AP) - There's a dispute in southern Illinois about whether a dig should continue at a local cemetery to locate remains of victims of the Herrin Massacre.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that Mayor Vic Ritter believes there's been enough work done at the Herrin City Cemetery but other city council members disagree. They say the researchers' archaeological dig has barely scratched the surface and there is more important work to be done. The mayor favors placing a memorial to the victims.
A team including geologists and researchers from Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University were working at the cemetery. The focus is finding victims of the 1922 Herrin Massacre, which took place during a union strike and killed dozens of replacement workers at the Southern Illinois Coal Co.

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