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Facing History: Hawk's Nest Tunnel

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We can't whitewash history. Sooner or later, the truth is going to come out and we're going to have to face it, no matter how ugly it may be.

It seems we're finally facing what happened at the Hawk's Nest Tunnel.

For generations, we've spoken about the incidents and the victims in hushed tones. That's starting to change. Leaders from around the area recently consecrated a gravesite in Nicholas County for a number of workers who died tunneling through miles of pure Silica.

This was a dreadful tragedy, but what would truly be heartbreaking is a failure to recognize it.