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Senate President Pro Tempore Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel, announced Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and their Senate colleagues from the northern panhandle, have secured funding for the completion of the Benwood Mine Disaster Memorial.

"It has been eighty-nine years since the Benwood mine disaster and there is still no memorial to honor the victims," says Edgell.  "This injustice needed rectified."

On April 28, 1924, an explosion at the Benwood Mine of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation's steel mill tragically claimed the lives of 119 coal miners. It remains the third worst coal mining disaster in the State of West Virginia.

Senator Edgell, along with Senators Jack Yost, D-Brooke, and Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio, spoke with President Kessler who helped them successfully secured the $11 thousand needed to complete the memorial.

"The miners who lost their lives in the Benwood mine disaster deserve a memorial that pays tribute to their ultimate sacrifice," Fitzsimmons said. "We could not have helped complete this important project without the leadership of Senate President Kessler."

The Marshall County Historical Society - Benwood Mine Disaster Memorial Fund Committee was formed in 2011 and has been working toward establishing a permanent memorial in Benwood for the victims of this disaster.