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Miner memorial

April 21, 2010

Featured Article, Video

I prefer the higher-resolution, bigger screen SoundSlides version of this slideshow (found here). But some folks e-mailed to the Charleston Gazette to say their older computers could not play the Flash file of this memorial slideshow to the 29 miners, ages 20 to 61, who died in the April 5, 2010, explosion at the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch Mine near Montcoal, West Virginia. So, here’s a YouTube version I just uploaded which may also be embedded and shared.

The soundtrack is “Andante Quieto,” by the New Arts Trio from the CD “Harold Hayslett: A Musical Tribute” , a CD of surpassing beauty. Thanks to Bob Webb for permission to use the song and to the New Arts Trio for this moving piece of music. For ongoing coverage into the mine explosion investigation and its legal repercussions, see Ken Ward Jr.’s “Coal Tattoo” blog at the Gazette.

Here and below is a slideshow of AP and staff photos in the terrible days immediately after the explosion.

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