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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • The history of the Fort Unity mock hanging man as told by Randy Moore of USW District 8

  • At Fort Union strikers one couldn't help but see a strange object hanging above the stage. As one came closer what was hanging there became clear.
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     At Fort Union strikers one couldn't help but see a strange object hanging above the stage. As one came closer what was hanging there became clear.
    To some it may have looked like a bedraggled, weather-beaten scarecrow. But the dangling figure, which was secured in the air with a noose around its neck had meaning and a purpose.
    In one of the speeches the history of the form was revealed.
    It was hung sometime ago. It was made by a group of retirees from Century Aluminum whose health benefits were taken away.
    Logan Kruger was the chairman of the board for Century at that time. He was seen as the person responsible for cutting the health care benefits from the retirees.
    As the story goes sense the retirees could not touch Kruger, they made the dummy and hung it in effigy.
    The group stated that that they would leave the Kruger dummy there to rot or until the buzzards came to get him.
     
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