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Cherry Mine Exhibit Comes Back Home

Posted by wlpo on July 13, 2010

Like the 259 victims of the Cherry Mine Disaster, the crowd at last night’s Cherry Mine exhibit grand opening was all ages.

“The Flames Caught Us: Cherry Mine 1909” is on display in the lower level of Building E at Illinois Valley Community College through October.  The exhibit is fresh off a four-month run at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.

The exhibit takes you through the disaster from the morning of the fateful day, Saturday, November 13th all the way to September 10th of 1910 when the remains of the last known victims was found.  The display features several newspaper accounts of the disaster, photos after the fire and first hand accounts from the miners themselves.

One miner, John Lorimer has a hand written letter in the display that he wrote to his wife while trapped for eight days.  Lorimer ended up being one of the 20 miners rescued more than a week after the fire.

The exhibit also goes in-depth into what went wrong before, during and after the fire and even mentions the National Guard having to restore order after many of the victim’s family members grow angry with the St. Paul Mine officials.

The exhibit is free and is open Monday through Thursday, 8am-9pm.

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