AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[WV] Hawk's Nest Tunnel Tragedy
I didn't see a reference to this on the site. This is something to think about when we can't "find" people. In March of 1930, Rinehart and Dennis of Charlottesville, VA began a project that included creating a three-mile tunnel through Gauley Mountain.
With a 2 year deadline they hired scores of workers. Mostly black and from the South. Because the tunnel was bored through silica-bearing sandstone, many workers contracted silicosis, a respiratory ailment caused by inhaling powdery particles of the rock.
By completion of the tunnel possibly 764 men had died with about 75 percent of those being African American.
Because of segregation laws they could not be buried in white cemeteries and there weren't any black ones nearby.
So where did they bury them?
Read the article
Also check here for a short video clip
More info at National Park Service
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