Past Event

Days of Martyrs & Saints: The Enduring Memory of the Haymarket Tragedy & other Labor Massacres

Labor historian James Green will present his research on labor landmarks in Chicago and his current work on the meaning and memory of the Haymarket tragedy. He will discuss the perceived causes and consequences of labor massacres from 1886 to1937, a period bracketed by the deaths of Chicago workers shot by the police on the night of May 4, 1886, and the killing of ten others on Memorial Day in May 1937. He will explore the meaning of these events as they were represented in reportage, memorials, holidays and rituals, and in poems and songs, paintings and drawings, oral histories and documentary films. Following the lecture, the Illinois Labor History Society will show a 12-minute film of the Memorial Day Massacre in May 1937. Exhibition co-curator, Peter Alter of the Chicago Historical Society, will lead a tour of Outspoken, in which he will focus on labor and working-class history.

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