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Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3 pm
Corner of Russell and Superior Streets, Milwaukee
3 pm reenactment with MPT & MMPT at Historical Marker
Volunteer with us! Join a theatrical re-enactment of this historical event. NEW SCRIPT. directed by John Schneider. Costumes, props and puppets provided! One simple rehearsal on site at 1:00 pm will provide you with instructions. Email or call Barbara at 414-405-4309 to find out more.
Tentative cast includes Andrew Parchman, Ron Scot Fry, Tom Reed, Flora Coker, James Carlson and Barbara Leigh. Jeff Holub designed the puppets and Linda Freund is costume coordinator. Music will be provided by Larry Penn and Jahmes Finlayson.
The Commemoration event also includes speakers John Gurda, Michael Gordon, and a memorial laying of the wreath by Anita Zeidler. A reception will follow at the Beulah Brinton House.
On May 5, 1886, thousands of Milwaukee workers marched peacefully on the huge Bay View Rolling Mills as part of a nationwide effort to bring about the 8 hour work day. When ordered by Governor Jeremiah Rusk, the State Militia fired on the crowd of about 1,500, killing seven people, including a child.
View the 2012 video.
2012 photo slideshow. Photos by Ken Germanson.
View an 11-minute video of the 2011 reenactment, produced by Wisconsin Labor History Society.
Video: 2011 Address by Harvey Kaye, Labor Historian and Author
Video: 2011 Larry Penn's performance