HERRIN(AP) — A southern Illinois judge has cleared the way for researchers to begin excavating a Herrin cemetery as part of a search for the remains of people who died during a violent 1922 labor strike.
Williamson County Judge Brad Bleyer gave an archaeology team the go-ahead on Monday for the work in Herrin Cemetery, which was being held up by an injunction.
Historian and author Scott Doody tells WSIL-TV that his crew hopes to begin work on Friday.
The so-called the 1922 Herrin Massacre took place during a union strike when dozens of replacement workers at the Southern Illinois Coal Company were killed.
Doody thinks nearly a dozen victims were buried in a potter’s field and possibly an adjoining part of the cemetery.