The Mother of All Strikes: The 1824 Textile Worker Turnout
Exhibit open through July 31
The first organized factory strike in the United States occurred in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1824, led by women textile workers who were targeted for pay cuts. This exhibit looks back at the week of May 24 – 31, 1824 as a historic narrative, and its interpretation will be enhanced by the perspective of five contemporary artists who will present their own take on the theme.
This exhibition will be installed on the historic Slater Mill factory floor, where a physical connection may be made with the origins of the labor movement. It is part of the regular Slater Mill museum tour admission, or $5.00 per person for an exhibit-only admission.
On Friday, June 13, Slater Mill will host labor historian Aviva Chomsky, who will speak on the subject of Labor Relations between Central Falls and Latin America – in cooperation with RISD Desine Lab’s 2014 Design-Build Academy.
On Wednesday, June 25, Slater Mill will host a lecture by Ned Draper on the history of the Draper family business, the Draper Loom, and the Industrial Revolution – also in cooperation with RISD Desine Lab’s 2014 Design-Build Academy.