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Memorial honors 124 workers killed in 2 mining disasters in Benwood

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BENWOOD, West Virginia — A new memorial in Benwood honors more than 120 workers who were killed in two local mining disasters.

The Benwood Mine Disaster Memorial includes three granite statues honoring 119 miners who died in an explosion at Wheeling Steel's Benwood Mine on April 28, 1924. A smaller marker honors five miners who were killed in an explosion at the Hitchman Coal & Coke Mine on May 18, 1942.

Media outlets report that about 200 people attended a dedication ceremony for the memorial on Saturday.

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