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Aerial view of the West Virginia Pentitentiary


On March 20, 1973, inmates staged a riot at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

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Riot at West Virginia Penitentiary
"40 Convicts Hold 5 Guards Hostage"
"Hostages Free; Governor Here For Pen Riot Settlement"
"State Police, National Guard Conduct Shakedown"
"Prison Settles Down To Routine Operation"


On This Day in West Virginia History: March

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