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Mural Honors Victims Of 1972 Buffalo Creek Disaster

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Reported: Jun. 19, 2014 8:51 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 9:11 PM EDT
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Man , Logan County , West Virginia

An artist is hard at work this week on a mural honoring the victims of the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster.

The piece, by internationally-acclaimed artist Kevin Ledo recalls the flood, caused by a collapse of a Pittston Coal waste dam. The resulting wave of 132 million gallons of coal waste killed 125 residents of the Logan County community and left more than 4,000 homeless.

The company declared the flood “an act of God,” and largely escaped accountability.

Ledo, a Canadian artist, is doing the work for free and accepting no compensation. The mural is located at the beginning of Buffalo Creek in Man on the V & S hair salon and old Clay Brothers building.

The work on the mural is being filmed for a documentary telling the story of Buffalo Creek survivor Kerry Albright, known as the “Miracle Baby” of the flood. Albright’s mother and brother perished in the disaster, and he was found shortly after buried in mud in the aftermath.

“Maybe this mural will be the start of something, that it’s about survival and living, and not so much about death and destruction,” Albright said. “Maybe this beautiful piece of art will turn Buffalo Creek into “Mural Creek,” and more artists and survivors will want to add to what we have done here.”

The mural is expected to be completed either Friday or Saturday.

For more on the flood, and to read interviews with Albright and others, visit the ”Remember When” section of our website.

-- Photo courtesy of Kerry Albiright



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