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July 25-29, 2005

Photo essay by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

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Thursday, July 29: the Haymarket Memorial

Left: 100-degree temperatures and the split in the AFL-CIO cancelled a planned march from the convention to a new memorial marking the site of tragic 1886 events at Haymarket Square, where workers calling for the eight-hour day clashed with police in one of labor history’s epic moments.

This new memorial, located at the corner of Randolph and Des Plaines Streets, was dedicated September 14, 2004.

Above: a guide from the Illinois Labor History Society leads a Chicago labor history tour for members of the United Auto Workers.

Left: sculptor Mary Brogger's work depicts a speaker on a wagon platform reading from a text.

Right: detail of the sculpture shows figures rising up to support the wagon which provides a platform to the speakers.

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