Final resting place of miners killed in 1919 disaster spruced up by employees of Hospice of the Sacred Heart
Hospice of the Sacred Heart employees participated in a volunteer cleanup of the St. Mary’s Maternity Cemetery in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania, Saturday, May 18th.
This cleanup at the cemetery was in advance of a June 1st memorial dedication honoring the memory of 24 members of the St. Mary’s of the Maternity Church community who died in the Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster on June 5, 1919. In all, 92 men were killed and 60 injured in the explosion and fire. The mine was located on land that is now the site of the Wilkes-Barre Home Depot.
The 24 bodies were buried in a mass grave that measures 60 feet long by ten feet wide by eight feet deep and can be seen in the before and after photos here. One hundred years later, there are no markers indicating this is the final resting place of the fallen miners. “We were alerted to this upcoming memorial dedication by one of our employees. Knowing the cemetery had been neglected for some time, we thought we could help by cutting grass and removing debris so this sacred place would be presentable for the June 1st dedication,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Photo Credit : Randy