Hawks Nest Workers Memorial and Grave Site
This disaster is considered America's worst industrial accient. Workers in the tunnel were primarily migrant workers, mostly black, who were paid a few dollars a day. When they became sick, many were driven out of the camps to die elsewhere. Those African Americans who died in the camps could not be buried in local “white” cemeteries. A few were sent by rail back to their families. More were taken at night under the cover of darkness to Summersville and buried unceremoniously on a farm. Later these graves had to be moved to widen US Route 19. The remains were disinterred in 1972 and transported several miles to the present site. The decomposed remains were placed in child size coffins and reburied here, resulting in about 48 small grave depression seen at this grave site.
Location. 38° 14.072′ N, 80° 51.156′ W. Marker is near Mt. Lookout, West Virginia, in Nicholas County
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Workers Grave Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nancy Hart's Capture (approx. 3.2 miles away); Summersville (approx. 3.2 miles away); Nancy Hart (approx. 3.2 miles away); Kesslers Cross Lanes (approx. 4.4 miles away); Keslers Cross Lanes (approx. 4½ miles away); Cross Lanes Battle (approx. 4½ miles away); Carnefix Ferry (approx. 5.1 miles away).
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2014, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2014, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.