The 129th anniversary commemoration of the Bay View Tragedy will be held on Sunday May, 3 to honor the seven workers killed by the state militia while marching on behalf of the eight-hour day campaign on May 5, 1886, outside the Bay View Rolling Mills.
The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, on the site of the State Historical Marker for the Bay View Rolling Mills, S. Superior St. and E. Russell Ave., Milwaukee.
The event, which has been celebrated annually on the first Sunday of May for the last 28 years, attracts 300 or more persons each year. It is held outdoors in front of the marker and is free.
Short speeches on the significance of the 1886 event to today’s issues will be featured along with music and a re-enactment of the 1886 event by the Milwaukee Public Theatre and the Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre.
The Wisconsin Labor History Society is lead sponsor of the event, which is planned by a committee that includes representative of the Bay View Historical Society, residents of the Bay View area, union leaders and others.
Please join us May 3 as we honor those who gave their life for the 8-hour day and worker and immigrant rights.