Today, September 10, 2020, marks 123 years since the Lattimer Massacre occurred.
On Sept. 10, 1897, 19 mine workers were killed and dozens were wounded in the Lattimer Massacre. A strike began some weeks prior, as miners from eastern Pennsylvania protested extremely dangerous working conditions, unpaid overtime, and the company store. About 400 miners, mostly immigrants, began an unarmed peaceful march to Lattimer to support the newly formed United Mineworkers there. When they arrived, Luzerne County sheriff James Martin and his deputies opened fire on the men and boys.
To learn more about the Lattimer Massacre and to read what Dr. Paul Shackel, author of Remembering Lattimer: Labor, Migration, and Race in Pennsylvania Anthracite Country, has to say, please visit this website: https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/lattimer-massacre/