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Hidden burial ground for 1912 explosion victims

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++MUSIC CLEARED FOR USE++ASSOCIATED PRESSHavaco, West Virginia – 7 June 20221. Ed Evans, West Virginia lawmaker standing near graves with UPSOUND (English) "This how we identified it, we literally found the sunken graves."ANNOTATION: This is the resting place for over 80 miners who died on March 26, 1912 in the explosion at the Jed Coal and Coke Company mine in McDowell County.2. Medium of sunken graveANNOTATION: More than a century of overgrowth on this hillside has erased any trace of the burial ground known locally as Little Egypt.3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Evans, West Virginia lawmaker:"So this is this is Jed, Little Egypt, and this is where the miners are buried. And it's completely unmarked, completely unknown. I imagine most people in McDowell County wouldn't even know they're here"++PLEASE NOTE NOT MINE FROM 1912 EXPLOSION++BRITISH MOVIETONEUnknown location – 18 January 19434. Various of coal minersANNOTATION: The underground explosion was set off when a miner's open-flame lamp ignited methane gas — the cause of many mining disasters at the time.ASSOCIATED PRESSHavaco, West Virginia – 7 June 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Evans, West Virginia lawmaker:"The problem is that most of these families that came here were just single gentlemen, and they came here to work. So they had no idea of how to contact relatives or next of kin to give, you know, the people their bodies back to."++WHITE FLASH++ASSOCIATED PRESSHavaco, West Virginia – 7 June 20226. SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Evans, West Virginia lawmaker:"There are 80 people here that nobody has said a prayer over in a long time and their families don't know where they're at."ANNOTATION: Many killed were European immigrants, who came with very little and were employed to work the most dangerous jobs underground.++PLEASE NOTE NOT MINE FROM 1912 EXPLOSION++BRITISH MOVIETONEUnknown location – 18 January 19437. Various of coal minersASSOCIATED PRESSHavaco, West Virginia – 7 June 2022++COVERED++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Evans, West Virginia lawmaker:"Wouldn't it be nice if they just had a big state marker here that memorialized them, that they are laying here and they are buried here and they should be remembered in some way."9. Wide of treesSTORYLINE:There's a wooded hillside in West Virginia that few people know is the resting place of more than 80 miners killed over 100 years ago.They were killed on March 26, 1912 in the underground explosion at the Jed Coal and Coke Company mine in McDowell County. The underground explosion was set off when a miner's open-flame lamp ignited methane gas — the cause of many mining disasters at the time.More than a century of overgrowth has erased any trace of the burial ground known locally as Little Egypt."It's completely unmarked, completely unknown," said Ed Evans, West Virginia lawmaker. "I imagine most people in McDowell County wouldn't even know they're here."Many killed were European immigrants, who came with very little and were employed to work the most dangerous jobs underground."Wouldn't it be nice if they just had a big state marker here that memorialize them, that they are laying here and they are buried here and they should be remembered in some way," said Evans.AP Video shot by Leah WillinghamProduction: Carrie Antlfinger===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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