Haymarket, West Loop, Chicago


I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to view and photograph the Haymarket Memorial in the West Loop, just east of the Kennedy Expressway. Nowadays, the site of the actual Haymarket is a parking lot. It is a fascinating case of how a city and society chooses to memorialize a controversial event. For about a century, the Haymarket Massacre was commemorated as the site of the deaths of police officers. A statue stood near the Haymarket that showed a police officer on a pedestal; it is the statue that has become infamous as the one that was blown to pieces by the Weathermen, scattering debris onto the interstate below. The policemen’s memorial is now safely tucked away at the Police Headquarters, while a new memorial, this one commemorating the organizers of the labor strike has risen on the spot of the wagon where the speakers stood.

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