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William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day

Mayor Murray Scott, and members of council made quiet, personal reflections on a pandemic-Davis Day. 

“This year, marks 130 years since the explosion of 1891 in Springhill, but many more explosions and bumps followed in Springhill and River Hebert. For communities like River Hebert and Springhill our history is as deep as the mines beneath us,” reflected Scott. “Davis Day is an important day to remember those who came before us who died in the workplace trying to provide for their families.” 

In a non-pandemic year, the communities of River Hebert and Springhill hold well attended ceremonies of remembrance. This year, due to public health guidelines organizers were unable to hold gatherings.  

“Council and I encourage residents to take a moment to pause and reflect today while following public health guidelines,” said Scott.  

June 11th is commonly known as Davis Day or Miners' Memorial Day in memory of William Davis, a coal miner who died on that day in 1925, and all miners who have died in Nova Scotia's coal mines. Nova Scotia’s William Davis Miners' Memorial Day Act was given Royal Assent November 25, 2008, officially marking the observance province-wide.