Anna LoPizzo Memorial

Anna LoPizzo Memorial

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. Memorial stones like this one also mark the graves of John Ramey, a Lebanese boy stabbed and killed by the bayonet of a militia man, and Jonas Smolskas a Lithuanian immigrant who was killed half a year after the strike by a group of men who objected to the labor pin he was wearing. The dedication of the memorials are part of the movement in the last thirty years to commemorate the strike as an integral part in our nation's history and to realize that people like LoPizzo, Ramey, and Smolskas are people worth memorializing.