"No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few present the event accurately or point out its significance." --Bill Adelman
We were excited about launching this project because of the rich history—the lessons to be learned, the campaigns that were fought, the battles, and the memories that are revealed in these stories. Certainly it is not alone the history of the latter 19th century that we study, but the setbacks and victories that continue until today. For us and for many others around the world, this cemetery is sacred ground!
We invite you to look beyond the stereotypes of communists and anarchists...and to understand these important working class heroes—their drive for peace and justice, for strong and democratic unions, and the impact their struggles have had on our present-day society.
We welcome you to make use of these rich historic resources which provide students and family members a stepping-off point for endless discussions to be waged and research papers to be written on the history of Haymarket, the Palmer Raids, Spanish Civil War, House Un-American Activities Committee and other important historical events often left out of history books.
The Restoration of the Haymarket Monument
This updated edition and online document is dedicated to commemorating the 125th anniversary of Haymarket. Over the past decades, there was theft of the monuments bronze laurel wreaths. For this special anniversary, the ILHS is raising money to have a complete restoration of the monument. Please help the Illinois Labor History Society maintain the monument and its living history by making a donation to the organization today.
We welcome your feedback
We encourage you to contact the Illinois Labor History Society if you know of someone not included in this document. Please provide biographical information and your contact information. As additional burials and ashes scattered are identified, updates will appear in the online version.
Enjoy the tour on foot or online
Using this booklet as you walk through Forest Park Cemetery.....
There are numerous references to the Communist Party USA, Young Communist League and the Industrial Workers of the World. Within this document we will use the acronyms CPUSA, YCL and IWW.
Enjoy your tour!