Today in 1887: Philadelphia National Guard troops kill twenty rail workers blocking tracks at Pittsburgh’s twenty eighth Street during a strike. The strike started three days ago when flagman Augustus Harris refused a Pennsylvania Railroad order to run a double-header, in which a train has two engines to pull twice as many cars.
Harris inspired Pittsburgh’s rail and freight workers, mill crews and general population to bring the city’s rail traffic to a screeching halt. When Pittsburgh militia showed sympathy for the strikers, the railroad sent for Philadelphia troops. The entire city will mobilize, burning the roundhouse where the troops have hidden and force them to evacuate Pittsburgh. Crowds will completely rout the army.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Musicians from Mali, Madagascar and Zimbabwe will lead a drum and dance workshop series
at the Wil-Mar Center on July 28th, 29th and 30th from 1 to 3pm. The workshops are free and open to all Madison youth. The musicians will also play the first of three Central Park Sessions series on Thursday, July 31st. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A job search support group meets Mondays from 7 to 9pm at Michelangelos, 114 State Street. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.