• This is a 56×36 cm. poster. It is missing a piece of the upper left hand corner. It is titled “Lawrence’s Flag parade” and continues to read “Columbus Day Saturday, Oct. 12, ’12. 32,000 enthusiastic paraders, with 14 divisions and 20 bands. Viewed by 65,000 people, everybody carrying the glorious stars and stripes”.

  • Local opponents of the strike, upset about the influence of the IWW in Lawrence, organized a massive demonstration in the fall to try to drive the IWW out of Lawrence for good. Lead by Fr. O’Reilly, the “God and Country” parade received support from local businesses, churches, and the mills. Downtown was draped in red, white and blue on Columbus Day, October 13, 1912, when an estimated 30,000 people participated in the parade, with many thousands more in attendance.

  • The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival is a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, Ma. This annual festival is celebrated on Labor Day in order to honor the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.

    The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee memorialize the event by organizing a variety of music and dance, poetry and drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, and walking and trolley tours, all on or starting from Lawrence's Common. They also host organizations continuing the struggle for social justice today.

  • This a photo of the memorial to Anna LoPizzo found in Lawrence's Immaculate Conception cemetery. LoPizzo was one of the three victims of the 1912 strike. Her death on January 29th is still a mysterious topic. It occurred when a shot was fired in a crowd of scuffling strikers and police. LoPizzo, a bystander, was struck in the chest by the bullet and died. Strikers claimed the shot came from police and police accused the strikers. To this day the incident is a mystery. Only a few years ago were the three deaths related to the strike memorialized.

  • During the strike of 1912, unrest permeated beyond the downtown mill district into the neighborhoods. The Strike, in the midst of one of the coldest winters and not expected to last long, had already exceeded the second week. By order of Governor Foss (also a mill owner), an additional twelve companies of infantry and two troops of cavalry were brought into Lawrence to enforce order in the neighborhoods after the shooting death of Anna Lopizzo. It was the mindset of Colonel Sweetser to take a hard line and keep the people off the streets.