Monday, February 22, 2010

Bay View Tragedy event set for Sunday, May 2, 2010

The 124th Annual Commemoration of the Bay View Tragedy is scheduled to be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the State Historical marker site at S. Superior St. and E. Russell Ave., on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

David Newby, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, will speak. Also on the program will be Larry Penn, folksinger and retired Teamster; Frank Mulvey, of the Bay View Historical Society, and others.

Since 1986, members of the Wisconsin Labor History Society, the Bay View Historical Society and others have been holding this commemoration to honor the seven persons killed by the State Militia that had fired upon a crowd of workers marching on behalf of the eight-hour day. The incident was Wisconsin’s most dramatic labor event, and was important in the struggle of workers and their unions to gain decent wages, hours and conditions.

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