OVERTON, Texas — “This explosion didn’t kill the spirit. People lived on. People raised families and had grandkids and great-grandkids.”
Jimmie Piercy, president of the London Museum, described the long-lasting legacy of the tragic 1937 East Texas school explosion to an audience at McMillan Memorial Library in Overton on Tuesday.
The library hosted a special “Book Talk” event for a screening of a news documentary about the tragedy from its 50th anniversary in 1987, as well as comments from Piercy. More than 290 people lost their lives when a natural gas explosion destroyed the New London school on March 18, 1937. The 85th anniversary of the explosion is March 18.
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