May 19,1920 - May 19, 2000
Eighty years ago the streets of Matewan was in a panic. On May 19, 1920 ten people were killed at Matewan in the deadliest gunfight in American history. Today the streets of Matewan are a calm and relaxing. Matewan, a beautiful little town nestle on the banks of the Tug River, has a violent history to reflect on and be proud of, as Rene' Dubos once said "The past is not dead history, it is the living material out of which man makes himself and builds the future". Matewan has built, and continues to build, a future in the twenty-first century here in the heart of Appalachia, where some argue that time seems to stand still. But here in Matewan, we continue to move forward while never forgetting our past, and that is why on May 19th of each year we take a moment at noon to reflect on those who started the forward movement. The People of Matewan and the United Mine Workers of America.
19, 2000 the People of Matewan joined to reflect and honor those who stood
for a cause during
THE BATTLE OF MATEWAN
Below are some photo's of this years event, just click on any of the photos for a larger view.
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