Final Installment of Everett Massacre Exhibit

Check out the new (and final) addition to the Labor Archives of Washington’s exhibit, “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All”: The Legacy of the 1916 Everett Massacre and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, in the Allen Library North Lobby this week to see the additional resources that have been added to this dynamic, rotating, pop-up exhibit!

On Thursday, January 26, the final wave of additional images, interpretive text, and captions highlighting the leaders and members of the Industrial Workers of the World will be installed. The exhibit runs through the end of January.

New sections include:

IWW Organizers in Everett

James P. Thompson and the Free Speech Fights
A founding member and organizer of the Industrial Workers of the World, Thompson spoke in Everett in defiance of a public assembly ban. He and James Rowan (previously arrested for speaking in July), delivered their speeches and were promptly removed from the platform and arrested.

Portrait of James P. Thompson, Industrial Workers of the World Photograph Collection

The Trial of Thomas H. Tracy
Of the 74 IWW members arrested during the Everett Massacre, only Teamster Thomas H. Tracy was tried for the murder of Snohomish County Deputy Jefferson Beard, one of two deputies killed by gunfire during the skirmish. The trial received national attention, covered by journalists from all sides of the political spectrum.

Jack Leonard Miller
Jack Miller, one of the 74 IWW members charged with killing Deputy Beard, was 27 at the time of the Everett tragedy. He was the oldest surviving passenger on the Verona and passed away in 1986. Also featured is a video of a television interview with Miller from the early 1980s recounting his experience of the event.

As a way to make the exhibit more dynamic and augment the existing materials with new content, Labor Archivist Conor Casey and Assistant Labor Archivist Crystal Rodgers have added materials in planned waves throughout the exhibit run. This unique approach to exhibit design creates an anticipatory experience, inviting viewers to frequent the exhibit to view new additions. By providing additional historical context, it also builds onto what viewers have learned from previous visits, enhancing the educational impact of exhibit content.

This exhibit was designed to use surrogates of photographs and documents, ensuring that the originals can be preserved and secured while sharing the information contained in them with a broader public. This enables the archives to host the exhibit at a variety of community venues. Portions of the exhibit have already been displayed at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Conference in May of 2016 in Portland, Oregon as well as the Everett Massacre Commemoration Centennial Boat Tour in November 12, 2016 on board the historic steamship the Virginia V. The exhibit is lightweight and portable and mounted on hardware of backdrop frames from a photographer’s studio to facilitate moving it and installing it in diverse venues.

For more information on pop up exhibits and museums, see: Simon, Nina. “A Radical, Simple Formula for Pop-Up Museums” Museum 2.0 blog. November 30, 2011.


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