The Rev. Greg Kupar of the Summersville Presbyterian Church (front) and the Rev. Nelson Staples of Beckley's Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Friday consecrate the Whippoorwill Cemetery graves of 41 black workers who died from silicosis after working in the Hawks Nest Tunnel in the early 1930s.
Dwight Harshbarger reads passages from his novel, "Witness at Hawks Nest."
Students from the Mountaineer Montessori School in Charleston, who recently completed a project on the history of Hawks Nest, attended Friday afternoon's ceremony at Whippoorwill Cemetery.
A memorial is unveiled at the Whippoorwill Cemetery to honor 41 black workers who died from silicosis after working in the Hawks Nest Tunnel in the early 1930s.