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Marshall University March 30, 1838, Marshall Academy was incorporated in what is now Huntington
Wheeling Jamboree April 1, 1933: The Wheeling Jamboree opened at the Capitol Music Hall before a live audience
Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike On April 18, 1912, the miners at Paint Creek and Cabin Creek went on strike. What followed was one of the most dramatic and bloodiest conflicts of what became known as the Mine Wars
Eccles Mine Disaster On April 28, 1914, 183 miners died in explosion at Eccles No. 5 mine in Raleigh County
Carnifex Ferry March 14, 1931: Noting interest in the annual reunion of Carnifex Ferry battle veterans, the legislature created the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield Park Commission
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This Date in History
March 31, 1931: The UMWA membership in southern West Virginia dwindled to less than 600 members
Unionist Frank Keeney (March 15, 1882-May 22, 1970) was born on Cabin Creek, Kanawha County. He first entered the mines as a boy. He emerged as a rank-and-file leader during the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912–13, when he led the opposition to efforts by United Mine Workers officials and Governor Henry D. Hatfield to end the dispute with a compromise settlement.
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