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Body of victim being removed
from air shaft, Benwood Mine Disaster
Body of victim being removed from air shaft, Benwood Mine Disaster


On April 28, 1924, 119 miners were killed in an explosion at the Benwood mine of the Wheeling Steel Corporation.

Learn more:
"Dead Bodies Cover Mine Floor (Benwood Mine Disaster)
Department of Mines Report on Benwood Explosion
List of Victims, Benwood Mine Disaster
Eccles/Benwood Coal Mining Disasters


Stone fence enclosing common grave of victims of the Fort Seybert
Massacre
Stone fence enclosing the common grave of victims of the Fort Seybert Massacre


On April 28, 1758, Native Americans attacked Fort Seybert in present-day Pendleton County, killing or capturing more than forty settlers.

Learn more:
"New Interpretations of Fort Seybert"
Description of the Fort Seybert Massacre, From Chronicles of Border Warfare
"Pendleton Indian Massacre One of History's Worst"


On This Day in West Virginia History: April

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