An important part of Chicago history, The Haymarket Affair, will be commemorated on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Saturday's re-enactment marks the 125th anniversary of what started out as a rally to support striking workers before spinning out of control resulting in the death of eight police officers and an unknown number of civilians.
The commemoration is scheduled to take place at the original site of the tragedy at Randolph and Desplaines from 2p.m. to 4p.m. It will kick off with the dedication of a new plaque at 2p.m., followed by a full-scale reenactment at 3p.m. In addition, there will be speakers to tell the story of the tragedy. At 4p.m. there will be an after party at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery. All ages are invited to take part in the activities. Period appropriate attire is encouraged but not required.
Anyone interested in portraying one of the 175 police officers can contact the FRDA at email@example.com. All volunteers will receive a hat, badge and coat plus a special gift from the Brewery.
Paul Durica of the "Pocket Guide to Hell" teamed up with The Haymarket Brewery, the Illinois Labor History Society, Drinking & Writing Theater, the department of Cultural Affairs and others to make this event possible.
Time and Location.
2 to 4p.m. between Desplaines and Halsted and Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St.
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