Two monuments have been erected to memorialize the Haymarket Riot. Both located in Chicago, one stands in the German Waldheim Cemetery (Forest Park, IL.), which depicts Justice preparing to draw a sword while placing a laurel wreath on the brow of a fallen worker. Dedicated in 1893, the base of the monument depicts the final words of August Spies, spoken before he was hung for anarchy: "The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today."
The second monument was originally situated in the middle
of Haymarket Square in 1889. The inscription below the police officer reads,
" In the name of the people I command peace." The monument, however, has
not enjoyed a peaceful stay in Chicago. On May 24, 1890, it was the target
of an attempted bombing. It was subsequently moved to Union Park on May
4, 1903 where the city seal and crest were soon stolen from its base. On
May 24, 1927, an angry driver hit the monument with his automobile, knocking
it off its base.
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