May 5, 2019: 133rd Anniversary of the Bay View Tragedy

133rd Anniversary of the Bay View Tragedy

S Superior Street and E Russell, Milwaukee, 3-5 P.M.

FREE and open to the public!

On the Fifth of May, 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 day. When the marchers were 200 yards away, the State Militia fired, killing seven. This was the bloodiest labor disturbance in Wisconsin’s history and began a new struggle for a more humane workplace and just society. Join us now, 133 years later, as a diverse group of Milwaukeeans commemorates this historic event. The commemoration will include a dramatic reenactment, remarks from UW-Green Bay professor Jon Shelton, music, and reading of the names of the honored dead.

Following the event, refreshments and music at Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St.

For more information about the Bay View tragedy, visit

Join the pre-event march to the ceremony: assemble at 1:30 PM Sunday, May 5th, at S. Bay St. and E. Lincoln Ave. March steps off at 2:00 PM. Musicians encouraged.

Special thanks to the Bay View Historical Society, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council for their support of this event.


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