Thank you to everyone who came out to the Haymarket Martyrs' Monument or joined us virtually on May Day. We were so excited to be able to host a safe in-person event this year as well as virtual events. May Day has an audience extending throughout the U.S. and beyond, so virtual events give us a unique opportunity for broader participation. It was amazing to be out in the sunshine with so many people at the monument.
Congratulations to the "May Day Marauders" on winning May Day Virtual Trivia! Thank you to everyone who joined us. We had so much fun. Thank you to our MC Amy Binns-Calvey as well as Meghan Courtney and Gavin Strassel from the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affair at Wayne State University who helped run the game.
Mark Rogovin was the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument’s biggest fan. He wrote The Day Will Come, the booklet telling the story of those buried on Radical Row, and he worked on multiple projects to restore the monument for all visitors to enjoy.
The Historical Society of Forest Park is honoring individuals who continue to further the work of labor history with the Mark Rogovin Working Class Heroes Award. The first to receive this honor is the always-dedicated Amy Binns-Calvey.
Mark started our 1st-Saturday-of-the-month tours, delighting groups with his vast knowledge. In 2016 he passed the torch to Amy, who has enthusiastically met visitors from all over the world to share with them the story of the Haymarket Affair, the Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument, and the radicals buried near it. In 2020 she led a virtual tour of the Martyrs’ Monument and Radical Row as well as Forest Home Cemetery. Congratulations Amy!
Photograph by Betty Alzamora
The Historical Society of Forest Park (HSFP) is very honored to have the opportunity to work with Forest Park Against Racism, Midwest Juneteenth Collective, and the Forest Park Public Library on our first annual “Forest Park Celebrates Black History Month Sunday Series.” We are so proud to have been able to offer five unique programs. HSFP looks forward to February 2022, when we can host in-person programming to expand on these topics and activities.
Black History Month is a great way to recognize and celebrate Black History. But, as we know, Black History happens year-round. We have added the first portion of an online exhibit to our website dedicated to the Black history of Forest Park. We welcome input from the community on people and topics to add to this section.
We hope to see everyone at Juneteenth in whatever form Forest Park celebrates this year.