Ludlow Memorial

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A memorial to the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 has been restored.

About 400 people gathered today in southern Colorado for the unveiling of the restored granite statues of a miner and his wife holding a child.

The original memorial was erected 85 years ago after striking miners clashed with a state militia in one of the bloodiest confrontations in labor history. Up to 20 people were killed, including at least two women and 13 children.

In 2003, vandals defaced the statues by removing the heads of the couple. No arrests have been made but people have worked since then to raise the 77-thousand dollars needed to restore the memorial.

State Representative Buffie McFadyen, a Democrat from Pueblo, says the area should be designated as a national historic site by this time next year.