Pocahontas Cemetery was created after the 13 Mar. 1884 explosion in the Pocahontas East Mine that claimed the lives of at least 114 miners. Not until a month later were bodies recovered from the mine and buried together in what became the town’s first cemetery. Later interments, often grouped by ethnic and religious heritage, reflect the rich diversity of the Pocahontas community. Some gravestones bear inscriptions in Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Russian, while others display the symbols of the Russian Orthodox faith. The broad array of European-inspired funerary art at the Pocahontas Cemetery is one of the best in the state.
Original Sponsor: Town of Pocahontas
Geographic Location: Tazewell County
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - SR 102, 980 feet south of intersection with SR 604 (at the entrance to the cemetery)
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