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Milwaukee Honors Bay View Tragedy Victims & the Fight for the Eight-Hour Day


The 127th Anniversary Commemoration of the Bay View Tragedy was held Sunday, May 5, at the Bay View Historical Marker Site on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

The reenactment honors the struggles of Milwaukee workers to achieve a greater quality of life through a humane working day. Up until the 1886 tragedy, workers had been campaigning through rallies, marches and other efforts to establish the principle of the eight-hour day.

The Milwaukee rally for the cause ended with the Wisconsin State Militia firing into a crowd of about 1500 immigrant workers and laborers marching toward the old Bay View R...