The Herrin Massacre This program tells the story of one of the bloodiest incidents in America's violent labor history.

The Herrin Massacre

The Herrin Massacre

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Seventy-five years ago, during a nationwide coal strike that had dragged on for months, a mine owner attempted to ship coal from a strip mine near the small town of Herrin, Illinois. Outraged local union miners grabbed their weapons. After a night-long gun battle, the strikebreakers agreed to surrender in return for safe passage out of town. Instead, the union miners killed twenty of the strikebreakers. In the following months, the people of Herrin banded together to prevent any of the guilty from being convicted — and then, people stopped talking about what had happened. "The Herrin Massacre" was produced by Gary Covino and narrated by James Ballowe (pronounced BAH-lou).