Matewan Massacre Reenactment & Hatfield McCoy Reunion

Title: Matewan Massacre Reenactment & Hatfield McCoy Reunion
Location: Town of Matewan, Matewan, WV 25678
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Description: Matewan Heritage Day Matewan Massacre Reenactment & Hatfield McCoy Reunion Saturday,May 23, 2009 Two celebrations of Matewan\’s history are merging into one festival. The Matewan Massacre re-enactment and the Hatfield McCoy Festival will be combined into one event, Matewan Heritage Day. The new festival will be held May 23. Organizer Donna May said Friday the festivals are being merged as an experiment. \”Those events are about three weeks apart normally,\’\’ May said. \”Both events draw such a good crowd … maybe we could draw a couple of thousand and try to showcase the town\’s history in one weekend.\’\’ The re-enactment also is getting a new name. The annual production now will be called the Matewan Massacre Drama. The play is based on the 1920 gunfight in Matewan between coal miners trying to unionize and Baldwin-Felts agents hired by coal operators to provide security for mines and evict miners living on company property. Twelve men were killed. The Hatfield McCoy Festival is an annual reunion of members of the two families whose conflict drew international attention. May said family members are \”willing to come earlier.\’\’ \”Most of the family members that come want to see the events showcased,\’\’ she
said.

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Start Date: 2009-05-28
End Date: 2009-05-31

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