Academic journal article Manitoba History

Winnipeg Unveils 1919 General Strike Monument near Exchange District's 'Hell's Alley'

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Winnipeg Unveils 1919 General Strike Monument near Exchange District's 'Hell's Alley'

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Over the years there have been a large number of popular and scholarly publications documenting the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 from a variety of perspectives. Recently, the Exchange District, as the area where a large number of events associated with the General Strike took place, has seen innovative interpretive resources developed to commemorate the complex narrative surrounding this pivotal event in Canada's history.

On 2 November, a new monument commemorating the Winnipeg General Strike was unveiled at the prominent corner of Lily Street and Market Avenue. Crafted primarily from weathered steel, the monument designed by Winnipeg's Monteyne Architecture was selected by a jury as the winner of a City of Winnipeg design competition. Echoing steel structure construction emerging in the early 20th century, the exhibit is also a nod to Winnipeg's Vulcan Iron Works, the Point Douglas foundry which employed some of the striking workers.

Subtly angled to attract the interest of passers-by, the monument is in two parts. On the left is a synopsis of the strike story in text form under four headings: prelude, early days, climax and legacy. …

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