The Bay View Tragedy will be commemorated in the 131st Anniversary Commemoration ceremony at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the State Historical Marker site on the corner of S. Superior Street and E. Russell Avenue in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood.
The Bay View Tragedy was May 5, 1886, when some 1,500 workers marched toward the Bay View Rolling Mills on the shores of Lake Michigan, rallying in a nationwide campaign to call for establishment of the eight-hour workday — their efforts ended with the deaths of seven, marking the bloodiest labor event in Wisconsin's history.
A re-enactment of the event, complete with life-sized puppets, will be staged by actors under a production of Barbara Leigh, longtime director of the Milwaukee Public Theatre. There will be musical performances and Luz Sosa, vice president of AFT-Wisconsin, will give remarks.
The event is free and open to the public.