Remembering the Bay View Massacre

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by Keith Meka

MILWAUKEE - Several hundred people turned out Sunday to commemorate 127th anniversary the Bay View Massacre. Back on May 5th, 1886 protesters marched on the Bay View Rolling Hills foundry, Milwaukee's largest employer at the time. The demonstrators were pushing for an 8 hour work day. Republican Governor Jeremiah Rusk learned about the protest and ordered the local militia to confront the unarmed demonstrators. Seven were shot dead including a 13 year old boy. The Bay View Massacre pushed the issue of an 8 hour work day onto the national stage. It eventually became law. For the last 27 years, hundreds of people come to the historic site in Bay View to honor the seven victims.

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