Workers’ Memorial Day Observance

Lecture at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark

Published on Thursday, April 5, 2012

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will observe Workers’ Memorial Day, a day set aside by the nation’s unions to draw attention to the occupational health and safety of workers in the US, on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Museum’s headquarters, the historic Botto House National Landmark. 

In addition to the traditional candle-light vigil, Irwin Nack, Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University (retired) and past president of the American Federation of Teachers Local Union 1796, AFL-CIO, will lead a slide presentation and lead a discussion on the topic of “Scapegoating: From the Salem Witch Hunts to Today’s Immigrant Bashing.”

The first Workers’ Memorial Day was observed in 1989.  April 28 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 Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, 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 a.m.5 p.m.  Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.  For further information, please visit or contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email

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