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Apr 20, 2013 10:13 AM by Jeff Langan

Commission to spread awareness of Ludlow Massacre

DENVER (AP) - A new commission aims to spread awareness of the Ludlow Massacre, the fight between miners and Colorado National Guard members on April 20, 1914, that led to the deaths of more than 20 people, including women and children.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order Friday creating the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission. The commission will work to increase public awareness of the Ludlow Massacre as its 100th anniversary approaches and will also explore how the event shaped local and national history.

The Ludlow Massacre was the climax of the Great Coalfield War, a conflict that began in September of 1913, when striking miners were evicted from their homes. The conflict is credited with thrusting workers' rights into the spotlight and helping to reshape industrial labor relations.

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