Beaumont, Museum of the Gulf Coast


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Museum of the Gulf Coast

Today would have been the 73rd birthday of Karen Silkwood. She's in our Notable People Hall of Fame because after being raised in Nederland and attending Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, she moved to Oklahoma and got a job as a chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee plutonium fuels production plant in Crescent, Oklahoma.

On November 13, 1974, Silkwood had an appointment with a union staff representative and a New York Times investigative reporter. At this meeting, she was to provide documentation to the reporter, claiming that Kerr-McGee had been negligent in maintaining plant safety, and at the same time, she herself was the victim of a number of unexplained exposures to plutonium.

Silkwood was on her way to this meeting when she died in what seems to have been a one-car crash. The documents she was to have turned over to the reporter... were never found.​

Her story gained worldwide fame and even resulted in a hit film starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher. to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Subscribe to CLASSIC TRAILERS: Like us on FA...
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Such a great movie.

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