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Protesters lie on the ground wounded or killed during a re-creation of a protest march where seven workers died in the late 1800’s. Several hundred people gathered at the Bay View Rolling Mills Historical Marker near Superior St. and Russell to remember the 127th anniversary of The Bay View Tragedy. Workers, marching for the 8-hour day were fired upon by the state militia. Seven were killed in the state’s bloodiest event involving working people, according to information provided by the Wisconsin Labor Historical Society. The event took place Sunday, May 5, 2013. Journal Sentinel photo by RICK WOOD/ RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

On the Fifth of May, 1886, thousands of Milwaukee workers marched peacefully on the huge Bay View Rolling Mills as part of a nationwide effort to bring about the 8-hour day. The State Militia fired on them, killing seven. This was the bloodiest labor disturbance in Wisconsin’s history, and began a new struggle for a more humane workplace and a more just society.

The Bay View Tragedy Re-enactment will take place again May 7th, 3 PM and we need volunteers to join in as marchers striking for the 8-hour day. No previous acting experience needed!

Just show up for rehearsal at 1 p.m. on the day of the commemoration at the Rolling Mills Marker Site at S. Superior St. and E. Russell Ave. The whole event starts at 3 PM with the Re-enactment (about 15 minutes) and is followed by songs and speeches.

If you can, wear clothing that might duplicate the look of 1886 workers; otherwise, there may be some outfits for you at the rehearsal. The photo below shows volunteer marchers behind the huge puppet labor leader.

IMPORTANT: Please R.S.V.P. to Barbara Leigh, either on facebook or email: (barbara@milwaukeepublictheatre.org) so that we can have a count and meet costume needs. And if you have questions, just ask! Thank you!!!


WANTED:

ACTORS/ACTRESSES TO PLAY STRIKERS FOR BAY VIEW TRAGEDY RE-ENACTMENT

OUTDOOR CEREMONY

SUNDAY, MAY 6

REHEARSAL 1-2:30 PM

PERFORMANCE 3-4 PM

S. Superior St. and East Russell Ave.,

site of the Bay View Rolling Mills Historical Marker

To volunteer please call Milwaukee Public Theatre at

414-347-1685 or email us at mptheatre2@gmail.com

CELEBRATE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THE 8-HOUR DAY!!

 

WANTED!  Actors/puppeteers to help bring to life the “The Bayview Tragedy”:

On the Fifth of May, 1886, thousands of Milwaukee workers marched peacefully on the huge Bay View Rolling Mills as part of a nationwide effort to bring about the 8 hour day. On orders from Governor Jeramiah Rusk, the State Militia fired, killing seven, including a child. This was the bloodiest labor disturbancein Wisconsin history, and began a new struggle for a more humane workplace and a more just society.

Join us now, 126 years later, as a diverse group of Milwaukeeans commemorates this historic event.  Milwaukee Public Theatre and the Milwaukee Mask and Puppet Theatre are staging the re-enactment—WITH YOUR HELP!

We need 20 people for the reenactment: both men and women, and one child of about 7-11 years old.  We will hold one rehearsal, Saturday, May 5th, from 3-5 PM, at the Housing Authority Community Building, 650 W. Reservoir.

The Reenactment event will take place at 3-4 PM on Sunday, May 1st at E. Russell Avenue at S. Superior Street on the State Historical Marker Grounds.  Performers should be there by 1 PM to run through things again on-site.

To sign up, please RSVP by email ASAP to Milwaukee Public Theatre at mptheatre2@gmail.com, or call  MPT, 414-347-1685. Once you sign up we’ll give you more details about costumes, etc.

Milwaukee Public Theatre website: http://www.milwaukeepublictheatre.org

The Bay View Tragedy

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 3 pm, Russell at Superior Streets, Milwaukee
Bay View Tragedy
Commemoration
4 pm discussion w/John Gurda at Club Garibaldi, 2501 S. Superior

Call for Volunteers/Performers
People of all ages are sought to participate in the commemoration of the “Bay View Tragedy” on Sunday, May 6. Volunteers may be asked to manipulate puppets or perform as marchers or speakers in period costume.

A rehearsal will be held on Saturday, May 5, from 3 to 5 pm at the Housing Authority Community Building, 650 W. Reservoir. Another brief rehearsal will take place on Sunday, May 6, at 1 pm at the historical marker in Bay View.

Volunteer reenactors should contact Milwaukee Public Theatre as soon as possible at 414-347-1685 or by email. Join the Facebook Event for updates.