Local Historian, Jim Smith on the Herrin Massacre

posted Sep 13, 2011, 9:54 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

Marion Carnegie Library will present a program about the Herrin Massacre at the Masonic Temple on Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m. Local historian Jim Smith will present an informative program for all ages. A question and answer session will follow the talk. The program is free and open to the community.

The Herrin Massacre occurred in June 1922. Three union miners were killed in a strike-related confrontation on June 21. The next day, out of a group of 50 strikebreakers and union guards, 19 were killed, many of them in brutal fashion. The nation reacted to the massacre with disgust. One newspaper editorial said: “Herrin, Illinois, should be ostracized. Shut off from all communication with the outside world and the people there left to soak in the blood they have spilled.”President Warren Harding called it a “shocking crime, barbarity, butchery, rot and madness.” Others also compared the people of Herrin to the Germans in World War I.



For more information, call the library at 993-5935.