- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) - The story of the West Virginia mine wars is on display at a new museum in Matewan.

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum held its grand opening on Saturday. The museum says more than 500 people attended the event.

Speakers included United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts and mine wars historian David Corbin.

The museum says Roberts also gave the museum more than $2,000 raised by members of UMW Local 1440.

The museum’s exhibits include coal camp life, the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek strike, the Matewan Massacre and the Battle of Blair Mountain.

The Matewan Massacre occurred outside what is now the museum. Ten men died in the 1920 gunfight between miners and coal company security guards.


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