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Wesley Everest Gravesite

A central figure in the labor movement in the early 20th century in the Pacific Northwest, Everest was part of a group that in 1919 engaged in a firefight between members of the American Legion on a parade through downtown Centralia during the Armistice Day Riot.

He fled and was captured, eventually being removed from jail and hanged from a nearby bridge. His grave is located in what is now known as the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery along Johnson Road in far northwest Centralia.

The Everest gravesite stands as the only major site linked to the Industrial Workers of the World's account of the 1919 event. It is a notable exception to grave sites normally not being included in the National Register of Historic Places because of the events that surrounded Everest's death.

A very detailed read is given on the NRHP nomination form regarding the Everest gravesite.

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The image at the top of this post is publicly available on the WISAARD database website, and depicts four International Workers of the World prisoners digging Everest's grave, with National Guard troops and newspaper reporters standing by.

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