Fundraiser boosts memorial for 1901 Michigan train wreck - WNEM TV 5

Fundraiser boosts memorial for 1901 Michigan train wreck

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -

A suburban Detroit fundraiser is part of an effort to commemorate a deadly 1901 train wreck in southeastern Michigan.

The Detroit News reports the public is invited Friday to the event at the Italian-American Cultural Society in Macomb County's Clinton Township.

A memorial ceremony is planned Sept. 24 at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian for those who died on Nov. 27, 1901, when two trains collided on the Wabash Railroad near Sand Creek. Detroit-based artist Sergio De Giusti sculpted a memorial to the victims.

An online fundraising campaign for the commemoration also is taking place.

As many as 100 people, many of whom were Italian immigrants traveling from Detroit to Colorado to work in the mines, are believed to have died in the train collision or the explosion that followed.

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