On This Day
in West Virginia History...

Barrackville, Marion County
Barrackville, Marion County

On the night of March 17, 1925, an explosion in the Bethlehem Mine No. 41 at Barrackville killed 33 coal miners.

Learn more:
Barrackville Mine Disaster: Mine Inspection Report
Barrackville Mine Disaster: Coroner's Inquest
"Fate of 34 Miners Unknown"
Barrackville Mine Disaster Relief Unit: Statement of Red Cross Receipts and Disbursements (Ms2003-076)

Back row: Representatives John Slack, Harley Staggers and Ken Hechler.
Front row: Senator Jennings Randolph and Representatives Elizabeth Kee and Cleve Bailey

Representative John M. Slack Jr. died on March 17, 1980.

"Slack: A Vote For Tradition"
"Slack's death takes staff by surprise"
"Slack roots deep in Kanawha politics, early state history"
"Shock, sadness are expressed by colleagues" (Representative John Slack)
"Friends Bid Slack Farewell"
"Slack Had More Than A Good Record"
Correspondence, John Slack to Hulett Smith, February 15, 1960

On This Day in West Virginia History: March

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