February 01, 2021

"Workers' Memorial Day Observance" hybird program hosted by the American Labor Museum on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 7PM

 Haledon, New Jersey - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark cordially invites the general public to participate in its annual Workers' Memorial Day Observance which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 7PM.  Workers' Memorial Day is a day set aside by the nation's unions to draw attention to the occupational health and safety of workers in the US.

In addition to the traditional candlelight vigil, Mark A. Torres, Esq. will discuss his recently published book Long Island Migrant Labor Camps:  Dust for Blood (The History Press, 2021)  Mr. Torres, a labor and employment attorney, chronicles the harshness of migrant laborers' experiences and the heroic efforts of those who fought to improve the lives of these essential, agricultural workers.  Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The first Workers' Memorial Day was observed in 1989.  April 28th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada.  Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites commemorate Workers' Memorial Day as an International Day of Mourning.

The Workers' Memorial Day Observance is a hybrid program.  Mr. Torres' book talk will be presented virtually via ZOOM.  Anyone interested in joining the on-site candlelight vigil is asked to call the Museum to reserve a seat.  Seating is limited. 

     The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, New Jersey.  It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.  The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events.  The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM.  Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4 PM or by appointment.  Virtual tours (ZOOM) are available by appointment.  For further information, please call the Museum at (973)595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com.