LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors can learn about one of the most transformative labor events in United States history — and support a local institution — at an event this week.
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave., is screening a documentary on the Haymarket Square Riot 7 p.m. Tuesday as a fundraiser. A panel discussion with the film’s director, Adrian Prawica, and Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) and Columbia College Chicago professor Dominic A. Pacyga will follow the screening.
Tickets are $15 and can be bought online.
The film, called “Haymarket: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle,” will delve into the history of the famous riot, which happened May 4, 1886.
Labor activists were organizing for an eight-hour work day when police officers tried to break up their work. Someone threw a bomb at police, which led to officers shooting at the crowd. Several police officers and civilians were killed in the violent clash. Many others were wounded.
Four men were executed in connection to the incident, though none were convicted of throwing the bomb. Two other men sentenced to death had their sentences commuted and were later pardoned; another man who was sentenced to death committed suicide. An eighth man was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The riot — and the trial — are regarded as defining moments in the international labor struggle.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hairpin Arts Center, which hosts a range of arts events, from movie screenings to live music performances and print-making fests. The organization was founded in 2011 by the Logan Square Chamber of Arts.
The Northwest Chicago Historical Society is co-sponsoring the fundraiser.
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