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August 15, 2013

New book on Bread and Roses Strike published

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The book also includes information and a photograph of the Striker’s Monument at Campagnone Common, a bronze sketch depicting workers rushing out of the mills holding American flags created by sculptor Daniel Altschuler of Gloucester.

The bronze relief was permanently affixed on a 30,000-pound basalt boulder, a volcanic rock, donated by Brox Quarry in Dracut. The plaque weighs 120 pounds and is 40-inches by 28-inches down.

The stone stands across from City Hall where Bill Haywood of the Industrial Workers of the World urged strikers to accept the wage proposals made by owners of the American Woolen Company to end the strike.

The installation concluded two years of planning by members of the 1912 Strikers’ Monument Committee and co-chaired by David Meehan, retired Lawrence High School art teacher and historian Jonas Stundzia.

To read: "Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike" will be available Aug. 26. It can be pre-ordered through Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex St., Lawrence, MA. 01841 or purchased at the Bread and Roses Labor Day Festival at Campagnone Common on Labor Day. Cost: $21.99.

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