The lead mining crew pictured here may have been part of the 1917 ‘Lead Belt Riots,’ which forcibly expelled hundreds of foreign miners from southeast Missouri. Reporter Mike McGraw’s grandfather, Mine Captain Henry ‘Bulldog’ Duemler, sits third from left in the front row. It’s not known why the face of the man next to him is scratched out. This week marks the 100-year anniversary of the riots. (Courtesy of Mike McGraw)
FLAT RIVER, Mo. — This old mining town in the southeast Missouri Ozarks once straddled the richest lead deposits in the world. But it no longer exists and the name is all but forgotten — much like the riots here that shocked the nation a century ago this week.
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