2020 Workers’ Memorial Day – A Collection of Workers’ Memorials


Below is a list of memorials that have been dedicated to workers.  Many of these memorials have been erected in response to and dedicated on Workers’ Memorial Day for those workers who have been injured or killed on the job.  Others honor the memories of workers who gave their lives on the job before Workers’ Memorial Day was first observed in 1989 and those workers who died fighting for justice on the job.


El Pasaje (The Passage) 
Wesley Bolin Memorial Park 
1700 W. Washington St. 

In 1994, the Arizona State Legislature passed, and the governor signed into law, a bill authorizing the design, creation and placement of a workers’ memorial in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park.  The dedication of El Pasaje on Sept. 6, 1999, culminates a five-year effort to erect a monument to the working men and women of Arizona who suffered injury or death in their workplaces.  El Pasaje features three figures that personify the working men and women of Arizona and the enduring promise of renewal embodied in the children of working people.  El Pasaje was designed, sculpted and cast by Clarke Reidy.


American Merchant Marines Veterans Memorial 
San Pedro

Dedicated in 1989, this bronze sculpture depicts merchant seamen carrying their wounded from a wave-tossed life raft.  Located at the Port of Los Angeles docks at San Pedro.

China Wall of the Sierra
Near the Donner Pass
Nevada County

The retaining wall and fill still stands as a memorial to the Chinese workers who toiled to build this country’s first transcontinental railroad in the late 1860s.

Commercial Fishermen Memorial
Bodega Bay, CA

The memorial is a statue of a fisherman, which was installed April 15, 2010, at Spud Point Marina located at Spud Harbor in Bodega Bay, CA.  This statue pays tribute to the commercial fishermen lost at sea after sailing from Bodega Bay.  There is also another small memorial dedicated to the Bodega Bay fishermen placed on a cliff looking west towards the Pacific.

Memorial Plaque
Los Angeles

Bronze plaque at the Caltrans downtown district office honors Caltrans employees killed on the job.


Columbine Massacre Monument

Northern Colorado Mine Workers Historical Marker, a sign on Highway 7 leading to Lafayette, marks the Columbine Massacre where miners were killed while on picket duty during a 1927 strike.  In 1989, local historical societies and labor organizations dedicated the Columbine Monument to the six miners “killed at the Columbine Mine fighting for a living wage and a measure of human dignity. The monument is located in the northeast corner of Lafayette Cemetery.

Ludlow Massacre Monument
Junction of Del Aqua and Colorado and Southern Railroad tracks

Marks the site where striking miners and their families were killed in their tent colony on April 20, 1914.

Union Printers’ Home
Colorado Springs

In 1891, the International Typographical Union constructed this home for union printers suffering from occupational diseases; the Communications Workers of America now operates the home for retirees and their spouses.

Workers’ Memorial
Rocky Mountain Fuel Company Mine

In 1917, 121 miners were killed at the Rocky Mountain Fuel Co. mine two miles west of the site of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre.  A small monument was erected near the mine and can be seen from a road that runs through the ruins of Hastings.


American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Roll of Honor
New Britain

Memorial Stone
Outside the public works garage 

Memorial stone dedicated to workers “who died in service to the people of Enfield.” Dedicated in 1988.

Workers’ Memorial Project
Washington Park
Groton City

Located in Washington Park.  The Southeastern Connecticut Central Labor Council dedicated a memorial site April 28, 1994, by mounting a bronze plaque on a large stone.  The plaque is dedicated to “…our working brothers and sisters and their families who have made the supreme sacrifice at the workplace….”  The plaque was donated by Electric Boat. In 1995, two memorial benches were added to the site.  In 1996, several evergreen trees were planted around the stone. In 1997, a hand-carved wooden sign was installed to make the site official. In 1998, a memorial walkway was built around the site using one-foot square blocks with personalized engravings.

District of Columbia

Amtrak Workers 
Union Station

Journalists Memorial – Newseum

The Newseum’s Journalists Memorial pays tribute to reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news.  The names of 2,305 individuals from around the world are etched on the glass panels of the soaring, two-story structure.  The memorial is rededicated each year to add the names of journalists who lost their lives on the job in the preceding year.

Metro Workers
Dupont Circle Metro
Dedicated to workers killed while building the Metro system.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Judiciary Square

Honors America’s federal, state and local law enforcers. Dedicated 1991.

U.S. Arsenal Explosion Monument

In Congressional Cemetery, a towering spire marks the burial site of 21 female munitions workers killed in an explosion June 17, 1864, the city’s worst civilian disaster during the Civil War.


Memorial to Workers at Sunshine Mine
Big Creek Canyon

A 15-foot steel sculpture of a hard rock miner standard at the foot of Big Creek Canyon just outside Kellogg, Idaho.  The statue commemorates the 91 men who died in an underground fire at the Sunshine Mine. On May 2, 1972, a fire broke out underground at the “Sunshine.”  Before the day was through, 91 miners had lost their lives.  The event is remembered each May 2nd with a service at the statue.


The Coal Miner
On the grounds of the state capitol

The statue pays tribute to more than 9,000 Illinois miners who have lost their lives in mining accidents.

Diamond Mine Disaster Historical Marker
Near Braidwood

Site of an 1883 mine flood that killed 46 men and boys.

Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument
Forest Home Cemetery

Commemorates the men executed for their supposed participation in the labor violence at Chicago’s Haymarket Square during an 1886 demonstration for the eight-hour day.

Illinois Workers Memorial

Dedicated on Workers’ Memorial Day 1992, this 3,500-pound, bronze statue on the lawn of the state capitol features an injured worker attended by a co-worker and a third individual representing the future.

Irish Rail Workers Monument
Funk’s Grove Cemetery (10 miles south of Bloomington)

At least 50 Irish rail workers were buried in a mass grave in the 1850s in Bloomington.  The Irish Rail Workers Monument was dedicated on April 28, 2000.  The monument consists of a six-foot Celtic cross and bronze plaque, which mark two large plots in the cemetery where the workers are buried.  The graves never had been marked.  Central Illinois Irish-Americans and unions raised money to erect the Celtic cross at the grave site.

Madison County Workers’ Memorial

Dedicated to the memory of union men and women who died on the job, this granite sculpture of a worker stands at the entrance to Gordon F. Moore Park.

Mother Jones and Miners’ Monument
Union Miners’ Cemetery
Mount Olive

Flanked by two bronze statues of coal miners, a granite spire marks the grave of “Mother” Jones (1830-1930), a famous union organizer once called “the most dangerous woman in America.”

Rock Island, Workers’ Memorial
Rock Island

Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial
City Park

Workers’ Memorial
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134

In the lobby, there is a mural dedicated to workers who died on the job.  Dedicated in 1998.

Workers’ Memorial
West Central Illinois Labor Council



Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 322 donated a memorial to JC Memorial Park in Auburn to honor six workers killed on the job at the Auburn Foundry from 1974-1986.  Dedicated on April 28, 1999.

Memorial Tree and Plaque
Riehle Plaza

A tree was planted and plaque dedicated on April 28, 1994, at Riehle Plaza.  The plaque reads, “Dedicated to all workers who have suffered injuries or loss of life at the worksite.”  The tree and plaque were donated by the Tippecanoe Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. Each April 28 a candlelight vigil is held there.

Located on West Street and Government Plaza, this monument was dedicated on April 28, 1995, to all workers in Indiana who have been killed or injured on the job.

U.S. Steel Gary Works Fallen Worker Memorial
Gary (off I-90 (Indiana Toll Road) at the Grant Street exit)

Dedicated on April 28, 1994, the Gary Works Memorial is located on 2 1/2 acres of land on the entrance roadway to U.S. Steel Gary Works.  It consists of solid granite and was built to remember fallen workers at the plant.  Since 1906, 506 workers have been killed at U.S. Steel Gary Works.  The memorial was financed by U.S. Steel, but the idea for the memorial came from United Steelworkers of America Local 1066.  Every year on April 28 at 1:00, a service is held at the memorial.

Workers’ Memorial
Howard Park
South Bend



In 2001, UAW Local 997’s education committee wanted to do something different to remember workers who lost their lives on the job.  Chairperson Carol Davidson came up with the idea to make a flag that could be flown on Workers’ Memorial Day.  Committee members brought in design ideas and after much discussion the final design was a combination of their different designs.  In addition, the committee contacted Governor Tom Vilsack who then proclaimed April 28, 2001, Worker Memorial Day in the state of Iowa.  The mayor of Newton made the same proclamation for the city of Newton.


Memorial Tree

A red sunset maple tree was planted outside the Oatville Elementary School near Hoover and 53rd Street to honor those who died in the DeBruce  Grain elevator explosion on June 8, 1998.

UAW Local 31 Union Hall 
Kansas City

Permanent marker and tree planting dedicated to workers killed or injured on the job.


Sid Hatfield Monument 

The United Mine Workers of America honor the police chief of Matewan, WV, killed by Baldwin-Felts agents in 1921, as dramatized in the John Sayles film, “Matewan.”

Workers Monument

At the Kentucky State AFL-CIO headquarters (340-1 Democrat Drive).


Belle Island Salt Mine Memorial 
St. Mary Parish 

Thirty years after a tragic fire that killed 21 salt miners who worked at the Cargill Salt Co.’s Belle Island salt mine, a memorial was dedicated on March 14, 1998, honoring the workers and

all other Louisiana salt miners who have lost their lives in mine accidents and the rescue teams who responded to their needs.  The memorial is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 90 and Northwest Boulevard at the St. Mary Tourist Commission Office.


National Labor College Workers Memorial
Silver Spring
10000 New Hampshire Ave 

The IBT, BLET and BMWED each purchased memorial granite markers in 2009 memorializing fallen members as part of this memorial.  There are also approximately 100 individual memorial bricks interred in the memorial honoring BMWED and BLET members.   

550 Dundalk Ave.

USWA Local 2609 constructed a six-foot-high memorial in front of their local hall several years ago with a list of names of those killed on the job at the Bethlehem Steel plant at Sparrows Point. There are 101 names on the memorial.  Every year on Workers’ Memorial Day, members hold a ceremony to pay tribute to their fallen co-workers.

Workers’ Memorial

Honors seven highway workers who were killed maintaining that stretch of highway (I-95 rest stop north of Baltimore).

Workers’ Memorial Day Plaque
57 Liberty St.

Western Maryland Central Labor Council has dedicated a 4-foot-by-4 foot plaque in Cumberland’s City Hall Plaza.  Each year since 2002, a prayer vigil memorializes all who have been injured or fallen, with bagpipes and a bugle as part of the ceremony.  State and local officials attend and present proclamations.

IAM Workers’ Memorial
William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center
Placid Harbor

On Aug. 20, 2001, members of the Machinists gathered at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center for a workers’ memorial dedication. Artist Bruce Bleach created the lighthouse monument.  Names of fallen IAM workers, submitted by local lodges or family members, were read aloud.  The names of the fallen members are inscribed on the bricks surrounding the memorial.

Mother Jones Memorial 

The Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Historical Marker is located at Powder Mill and Riggs Roads (near the George Meany Center for Labor Studies).  It marks the place of Mother Jones’ death at the Burgess Farm on November 30, 1930.  Union activists dedicated this Maryland Historical Trust marker commemorating Mother Jones as the “Grand Old Champion of Labor” December 2, 2000.


Fisherman’s Memorial Statue

The base of this statue has the inscription:  “They that go down to the sea in ships, 1623-1923.”

Workers’ Memorial Stone
Building Trades Council


Ely Township Centennial Memorial

Standing on the grounds of the Michigan Iron Museum, this stone was dedicated by the township’s citizens to the miners who died in the Barnes-Hecker mine disaster of 1926.

Firefighters of Michigan Monument

Signs on I-75 mark the way to this inscribed stone, dedicated to the firefighters who protect the lives and homes of Michigan citizens.

Ford Hunger March
Ford River Rouge Plant
Miller Road

On March 7, 1932, five young marchers were killed near the Ford River Rouge plant.  Headstones mark the site where the men died from gunshot wounds.

Italian Hall Memorial Park

The park commemorates the Christmas Eve, 1913, tragedy when 73 men, women and children from copper-mining families were crushed to death in Italian Hall during a panic caused by a strike-related false fire alarm.

Memorial to Slain Workers

UAW Local 6000, which represents 20,000 Michigan state employees, dedicated a memorial at its Lansing office in honor of two members—Lisa Putman and Barbara Synnestvedt—who were murdered at work.  Putnam, a protective services worker, was killed while making a home visit on May 20, 1998.  Synnestvedt, a social worker at the Maxey Boys’ Training School, was killed on April 25, 1993.  “We hear about industrial worker accidents resulting in injury or death of workers all the time,” said Local 6000 President Lynda Taylor-Lewis.  “This memorial will remind us to continue the fight for better working conditions for all workers.”

Memorial Plaque

A bronze plaque was dedicated during a Workers’ Memorial Day tribute April 28, 2000, to workers killed in Michigan in 1999.  The bronze plaque, dedicated to all workers killed on the job, will be placed on the Grand River Bridge at Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing.  The plaque was a joint effort of the Michigan State AFL-CIO and the Greater Lansing Labor Council.

Michigan Lumberman’s Memorial
Au Sable River Park
near Tawes City

Located in a small park on Michigan’s upper-peninsula overlooking the Au Sable River, this statue perpetuates the memory of Michigan lumber workers.

Miners Mound, Plaque

The small plaque with raised lettering on a three-foot high mound remembers Michigan’s iron workers.


Memorial Plaque
St. Paul

A plaque honoring Donald Junemann, a housing inspector who was shot to death on Christmas Eve 1997, was dedicated during the summer of 1999.  Junemann, 56, was on the job taking photographs at a trash-ridden home when he was shot from behind with a .22-caliber rifle.  His killer was sentenced to life in prison.  Junemann had been a member of AFSCME Local 1842 (Council 14) for more than two decades.  The memorial—a raised brass plaque bearing Junemann’s image—was made possible in part through donations from AFSCME Locals 1842 (Technical Employees), 2508 (Clerical Employees) and 3757 (Attorneys and Clerks).  The plaque overlooks Como Park Lake.  The city and county’s public health building was renamed in his honor and dedicated on Oct. 24, 1999.

Transportation Workers Memorial
Department of Transportation Building
St. Paul

The union-built Transportation Workers Memorial was unveiled April 28, 2000.  The memorial honors public- and private-sector workers who have lost their lives while constructing and maintaining highway projects across Minnesota and also educates the public about the importance of driving cautiously in highway work zones.  The 26-foot-high memorial is housed just inside the glass-paned front entrance to the DOT building and will be lit and accessible 24 hours a day.  It depicts a bridge span made of steel resting on two granite pillars.  The bridge span is missing a structural member, symbolizing lives lost while building and maintaining Minnesota’s transportation system.  Accompanying the bridge is an electronic kiosk providing the names of Minnesota highway workers killed on the job and information related to construction zone safety. Contributions for the memorial came from AFSCME Council 6; AFSCME locals, including Local 2792 (Metro Maintenance Workers); Minnesota DOT; Laborers-Employers Cooperation Education Trust; Associated General Contractors of Minnesota; the Hiway Federal Credit Union; the St. Paul Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association; and Electrical Workers Local 110.


Speculator Mine Monument
Mountain View Cemetery

New Jersey

Workers’ Memorial
Atlantic City

A monument to the workers who died helping to rebuild Atlantic City.  Five-foot granite marker contains the names of the 17 people killed on jobs involving the redevelopment of Atlantic City since 1977.  Dedicated in 1998.

New Mexico

Workers’ Memorial Park
East side of San Mateo

Union members from several labor organizations gathered April 28, 2000, in the former San Mateo Mini-Park to celebrate its new name—Workers’ Memorial Park.  The name change was supported by at least two city councilors and area neighborhood associations.  Workers in the Albuquerque area will now have a place to come each Workers’ Memorial Day.

Sara J. Rooke Monument

Sarah “Sally” Rooke was a heroic 65-year-old telephone operator who, in 1908, gave her life in the line of duty when she stayed at her post to notify citizens of rising flood waters.

New York

City Firefighters Memorial
Fayette and State Streets

Corning Glassworker’s Memorial

The monument reads:  “This monument has been erected by the American Flint Glass Workers Union to the memory of eighteen of its members who were killed in a railroad disaster which occurred at Ravenna, Ohio, July 3, 1891, while they were en route from Findlay, Ohio, to their homes in Corning, New York, wither they were journeying to meet loving friends from whom they had been separated by an effort to improve their industrial conditions.  Erected 1892.”

East Syracuse

UAW 624 dedicated a bronze plaque, mounted on stone to the workers of Onondaga County who dies from injuries sustained at work.  The plaque is at the UAW 624 union hall.

Firemen’s Memorial
South Townsend and East Genessee Streets 

Memorial Plaque
1200 Canal Street 

Plaque honoring Larry Douglas, an AFSCME member and city Department of Public Works (DPW) employee who died after falling from a truck.  The plaque was unveiled at the DPW garage on April 28, 1999.

Niagara-Orleans Central Labor Council Memorial
Reservoir State Park

Dedicated in April 1997 to workers killed on the job in Niagara and Orleans Counties.

Triangle Fire, Ladder Company 20 Plaque
New York

Dedicated to the firemen who fought the flames at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, March 25, 1911.

Triangle Fire Plaques
Washington Place and Green Street,
New York

Garment workers marked the site near Washington Square of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of March 25, 1911, where 146 lost their lives.  National Park Service plaque designating the Asch Building (Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site) as a national historic landmark.

Workers’ Memorial
Highland Park

Workers’ Memorial Monument
Orchard Park, Buffalo
Chesnut Ridge Park

Workers’ Memorial Contemplation Garden 
Monroe Developmental Center, 620 Westfall Road in the Town of Brighton (Rochester, N.Y.)

Labor and Management at Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) came together to plan a permanent memorial in recognition of all workers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving others, as well as a lasting reminder of the paramount importance of workplace safety.

A Workers’ Memorial Contemplation Garden was designed for the grounds of Monroe Developmental Center, 620 Westfall Road in the Town of Brighton (Rochester, N.Y.).  This memorial garden was unveiled during “Workers’ Memorial Day at FLDDSO” on April 25, 2002.  The daylong event featured a dedication ceremony with guest speaker Thomas Maul, OMRDD Commissioner, as well as a blessing from the religious community and a patriotic remembrance involving staff and consumers.

The picnic style seating and serene landscaping is enhanced by a custom designed water garden.  With its two mini waterfalls and pond area connected by gently flowing streams, this water feature is the focal point of the Workers’ Memorial Garden.  Within the natural stone borders is a memorial plaque dedicating this peaceful spot.  CSEA provided key support in the past for the DDSO’s efforts to bring programs and opportunities of value to its employees.  This special project will serve as a lasting tribute to the shared commitment to honor those who have passed and to stand in support of all future employees.  The FLDDSO Grounds and Maintenance crew provided the labor involved in installing the water garden and its surrounding features.

The Memorial at Workers’ Memorial Square
Hauppauge, New York 
New York State Office Building

The Long Island Workers’ Memorial Committee was founded in 1990 and is comprised of representatives from organized labor and employees from the public sector.  Each April 28, the committee holds a memorial service in honor of Long Island workers who have lost their lives as a result of injuries or illness encountered at their place of employment.  Family members of deceased workers as well as union leaders, hundreds of union members, workers and public officials join together in remembering those who have died in workplace catastrophes.

On Workers’ Memorial Day of 1999, the committee dedicated a 19-foot granite monument which is located at the entrance to the New York State Office Building in Hauppauge.  This event was the culmination of a fund-raising effort by the committee, which raised all the funds needed to erect the memorial.

North Dakota

Bringewatt Park, corner of 24th Avenue South and South 23rd Street
Grand Forks

This memorial was dedicated Sept. 11, 1997. It was built by the Northern Valley Labor Council and the Grand Forks Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO.


International Chemical Workers Union and the United Rubber Workers Union Worker Memorial

The ICWU/URW unveiled this joint memorial on Workers’ Memorial Day 1992.  It is dedicated to the members who have died in workplace tragedies.

International Park

Broken circle—signifying human loss—along with an eternal flame carved into a center section of black granite.  Dedicated to all working men and women who lost their lives due to worksite accident and disease. Unveiled April 1997.

Memorial Pavilion

Groundbreaking for the pavilion was in April 1997.  There is a picnic area and a plaque with the names of those killed at the plant attached to the union hall.

Rest Area on I-71 Northbound, Mile 34 (North of Cincinnati)

Dedicated to the men and women of the Ohio Department of Transportation who gave their lives to provide a safe transportation system for Ohio travelers.—State of Ohio, Department of Transportation

Richter Workers’ Memorial Park
Harry E. Richter Park, N. Front and W. Long Streets

A memorial honoring Franklin County workers who have died on the job since 1992.  The names of 98 Franklin County workers are etched into a granite wall.  Joint effort of the Columbus-Franklin County AFL-CIO, the Buckeye Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the city of Columbus. The park opened May 13, 2000.

Union Memorial Park

Union Memorial Park is dedicated to the workers of the Electric Auto-Lite factory who stood strong during the great strike of 1934.  Two lives were lost and many others were injured as the strikers clashed with the Ohio National Guard for the right to organize.  The Auto-Lite Plant closed in 1962, but their struggle lives on in the hearts of their union brothers and sisters.


Oklahoma City National Memorial

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial in the United States that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.  https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

Postal Workers’ Monument

Fountain and statue commemorate the 14 postal workers killed on the job in a violent 1986 episode.


Allegheny Arsenal Explosion Monument
Allegheny Cemetery on Butler Street,

Memorializes the 43 women who were killed in the arsenal explosion on Sept. 17, 1862.  A total of 75 workers died in the explosion, making it the worst industrial accident associated with the Civil War.

Erie County Labor Monument

Located on New West Perry Square, this black granite stone honors the working people of Erie County.

Heartbeat of the Quench
USWA Headquarters

Dedication of a three-panel stained glass memorial to workers who died on the job at the now-closed LTV Mill in Hazelwood highlighted Workers’ Memorial Day ceremonies at the Steelworkers headquarters April 28, 1999.  The dedication event featured the unveiling of the stained glass memorial which, was constructed over an 18-month period by seven USWA members of Local 1843.  The memorial honors workers who died at the former J & L, later TLV Steel Mill and coke facility that operated for 144 years.  Before the memorial was dedicated, the names of 27 USWA workers killed at work in 1999 were read.  The stained glass memorial contains more than 1,500 pieces of glass.  The memorial, entitled “Heartbeat of the Quench” depicts imagery of the mill from different points in its 144-year history.  The quench refers to the

process used to cool steel as it is being rolled.  The memorial was a class project assigned to the Steelworkers who were enrolled in a class sponsored by the Institute for Career Development, a joint educational initiative of the USWA and 13 participating steel companies.

Johnstown Corporation Plaque
Central Avenue,

Located outside the plant where they worked, this memorial pays tribute to three employees who lost their lives in a 1989 industrial accident.

Labor’s Grove

Dedicated Workers’ Memorial Day, 1990, to all workers who have been killed on the job.

Lattimer Massacre Memorial

Immigrant workers remember the site where Polish, Lithuanian and Slovak miners were killed and wounded while marching for collective bargaining in 1897.

Mammoth Explosion and Morewood Massacre Markers
Mt. Pleasant

The unmarked graves of 118 miners and coke oven workers killed in separate incidents just two months apart in 1891 were marked at the 27th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society on Sept. 29—30, 2000.  Known in Pennsylvania history as the Mammoth Explosion and the Morewood Massacre, they were recognized with the dedication of two markers erected by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the placement of two headstones at previously marked mass graves in St. John’s Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.  The cemetery has the remains of 79 of 109 killed in the explosion of Mammoth Mine No. 1 on Jan. 27, 1891, and seven of the nine coke oven strikers at the Morewood Coke Works shot down by deputies on April 2, 1891.

Mather Mine Disaster Monument

Dedicated to the 197 men who died in the Mather Mine explosion, May 19, 1928.

McIntyre Mine Disaster Monument

USW Monument

Steelworkers dedicated a stained glass memorial to fallen workers in the lobby of its downtown headquarters on April 28, 1999.  The pieces depict scenes from the closed LTV Steel Plant in Pittsburgh and were made by nine former employees of the plant.

Workers’ Memorial
South Bethlehem

Permanent memorial to honor the tens of thousands of steelworkers who labored at the 163-acre site along the Lehigh River.

Workers’ Memorial Monument
Bethlehem Rose Garden, Lehigh Valley 

Workers’ Memorial Tower

In Heritage Park along the Schuylkill River, two 53-foot towers memorialize workers who died from on-the-job accidents and illnesses.

Rhode Island

Marker placed outside the DOT Headquarters building,

Commemorates workers who have died on the job.  “In memory of DOT employees who lost their lives in service to the people of Rhode Island,” reads the inscription.


Memphis Strike of 1968 Monument 

This monument recognizes the AFSCME Memphis city workers who were on strike in 1968.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated during this strike.


Houston Police Officers Memorial 

Dedicated to fallen police officers. Dedicated 1991.

Memorial Plaque
Dow Chemical 
Lake Jackson

In 1999 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 390 installed a plaque in memory of workers who lost their lives throughout the years at Dow Chemical Co.’s Freeport, Texas, site.  The plate for the plaque was cut by the members of Boilermakers Local 682, etched and engraved by members of Machinists Local Lodge 128, welded to a pipe stand by members of UA Local 390 and lowered into place by members of Operating Engineers Local 564.  The Dow Chemical Co. helped the represented local unions plant a tree in memory of workers who lost their lives on the job and in 2000 Dow donated visiting benches at the site of the plaque.  The plaque and tree are located on Dow property about a half mile up from the entrance at Highway 332 and Dixie Drive in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Stone Memorial
Outside the OCAW local union hall,

Dedicated to fallen workers of the AFL-CIO and OCAW from the Beaumont area.

Poultry Workers’ Memorial

Honors the poultry workers killed in a 1989 factory explosion.

Dedicated to those members who lost their lives in the Phillips Explosion, Oct. 23, 1989.

Texas City Memorial Park
Texas City

Dedicated to those who died in the 1947 Texas City explosion.


Carbon County Coal Miners’ Statue

Forty-nine Greek miners were among 172 men killed in the Castle Gate mine explosion of March 8, 1924.

Wilberg Coal Mine Disaster Memorial

A memorial stone recognizes the victims of the worst coal mine fire in Utah history, Dec. 19, 1984.


The Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial
Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial joint-venture with the Newseum

Honors reporters, editors, photographers and broadcasters who gave their lives reporting the news.  Dedicated 1996. (Also see Journalists Memorial)

National EMS Memorial Tree of Life
To the Rescue Museum

The National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Memorial Tree of Life is housed at the To the Rescue Museum.  The Tree of Life memorializes those who have lost their lives in the unselfish performance of their duties of saving others.  The National EMS Memorial Service is held each spring in Roanoke.



On Nov. 27, 1999, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Metro bus driver Mark McLaughlin, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 held a ceremony honoring him and dedicated a plaque to his memory at the North Base transit center in Seattle.  McLaughlin was shot and killed in the line of duty, and his bus plunged off the Aurora Bridge, killing one passenger and injuring 33 riders.

Memorial for Pierce County Workers

Statue commemorating workers who died on the job.

Memorial Sculpture
Snohomish County Courthouse

A coalition of labor groups commissioned this 11-by-8-foot sculpture to be dedicated during the Snohomish County’s annual Workers’ Memorial Day commemoration on April 30, 2001.  The dedication took place at the Snohomish County Courthouse.  The sculpture was crafted by Auburn artist Ken Lonn, a former miner and retired Boeing machinist.  The sculpture shows a resolute man and a smiling, muscular woman straining to balance a huge sprocket-the wheel of industry.  A dozen plate-sized sculptures, each depicting an industry or trade, are welded around the sprocket’s 7-foot circumference.

Fishermans’ Memorial
Fisherman’s Terminal

Fire Fighters’ Memorial
Occidental Park

West Virginia

Buffalo Creek Mine Disaster Memorial
Logan County

Killed more than 125 people.


Bay View Martyrs Historical Marker

E. Russell Ave. at S. Superior Street

The Wisconsin Labor History Society placed this marker in honor of those killed by the state militia in 1886 during a citywide strike for the eight-hour day.

Green Island Park—Workers’ Memorial Grove

Near 7th and Cook Streets
La Crosse

This memorial is dedicated to the men and women who have suffered injuries or have been killed on the job.  Each year since 1991, the La Crosse AFL-CIO Council and concerned citizens have gathered here at Laborers’ Grove on April 28, to honor these workers.  Each year a tree was planted in honor of fallen workers.  A flagpole and a stone marker were also placed here to mark this location at Laborers’ Grove.  In 1998, fund-raising efforts were initiated to raise money to construct a lasting and visible memorial.  The construction was a cooperative effort between the La Crosse AFL-CIO, the La Crosse Building and Trades Council and the City of La Crosse.  Many local unions, the City of La Crosse, several individuals and several local companies donated funds, materials and labor to complete this project.  This memorial serves as a lasting tribute to all working people.

River Walk Park
Marathon County Labor Council

A tree (1993), stone plaque (1994), a flag (1995), a plaque (1996) and a bench in memory of deceased workers.  Labor Temple.

Teamwork and Workers’ Wall

Miller Park Stadium

On Aug. 24, 2001, the 5,000 plus Miller Park construction workers and the three workers who lost their lives during the construction were honored at the unveiling of two permanent monuments.  One, titled Teamwork is a three-figured, 12-foot high bronze statuary.  The other, titled Workers’ Wall, includes bronze plates that list each of the more than 5,000 workers who contributed to the construction of Miller Park.  The 26,500 square foot site hosting the two monuments will be known as Workers’ Walkway.  The permanent tribute is the largest of its kind dedicated to workers in Wisconsin.  The widows of the three fallen men helped unveil the Teamwork sculpture while the secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 200 unveiled the Workers’ Wall.

Wisconsin Workers Memorial
Zeidler Union Square Park


Memorial to Kirkland Lake Area Miners

Northern Ontario

Located in Kirkland Lake park near the Museum of Northern History, the Miners’ Sculpture and Memorial stand in proud recognition of the working miner.  The 10-meter-high sculpture consists of a black granite abstraction of a head frame.  On and around it are located five bronze-coated life-size figures of miners at work.  To the left of the sculpture are three black monuments inscribed with the names of 286 deceased miners.  These men are recognized here as they have all died in the past while working in Kirkland Lake area mines.  The Miners’ Memorial pays tribute and honor not only to these 286 deceased men, but to all the miners of the area, past and present.  Along with their families they were and are of great importance and value to their Northern Ontario communities.