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Imperial Sugar to put up memorial to victims
Hinesville man among those honored
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PORT WENTWORTH - Imperial Sugar is dedicating a memorial park at its refinery near Savannah in honor of 14 workers killed in a devastating explosion one year ago.

Employees and family members of those killed in the explosion and fire are gathering at the site Saturday to mark the anniversary of the deadly blast that tore through the plant on Feb. 7, 2008.

The memorial, called Legacy Park, features bricks from the blast site arranged in the shape of a cross. In the center stands a bronze statue of a pair of hands releasing 14 doves representing each of the workers who died. Their names are engraved on stones surrounding the statue.

Imperial Sugar CEO John Sheptor said the company wanted workers and families to have a place on the refinery grounds to reflect on the tragedy.

The workers killed in the blast included Shelathia Harvey of Hinesville.
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