Today, September 9, 2019, marks the centennial of the 1919 Boston Police Strike, when more than 1,100 Boston Police officers went on strike for fair wages, decent working conditions and their right to organize.
This past Saturday, more than 450 community members, volunteers, and descendants of Boston police strikers gathered at UMass Boston to commemorate the centennial with the launch of ROLL CALL: Researching the Men Behind the 1919 Boston Police Strike. A full video of that event is available here.
The goal of the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project is to uncover, document and preserve the stories of the men who were involved in this highly influential labor strike — a complex historical event that would have lasting effects in the City of Boston and across the country. ROLL CALL represents the culmination of several years of research by 82 volunteers, students, and staff from the Boston Police Archives, the City of Boston Archives, and the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston. Researchers have devoted more than 90,000 hours to documenting the lives of the strikers through meticulous biographical research, resulting in a searchable database.
Explore ROLL CALL to learn more about the strikers and the history of the strike, the research project, and how you can get involved and support the ongoing work of the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project.
Share photographs and stories of strikers
In order to build an accurate picture of each officer’s life, we rely on volunteers, descendants, and community members to share information and photographs of strikers, and to support and assist in the ongoing work of the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project. Visit the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project site to learn more about how you can get involved by contributing information and photographs of strikers.
Support the Project
Support the next stages of the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project! To expand the volunteer research efforts and to support the development of an online search system that can handle complex queries and a wide range of user interactivity, we seek to raise an additional $80,000. Your contribution of any size will be warmly welcomed towards reaching that goal.
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Learn more about the 1919 Boston Police Strike
ROLL CALL includes a number of resources about the history of the 1919 Boston Police Strike, including an interactive map and a historical timeline. You can also read more about the strike and about this research project in an article from this Sunday’s Boston Globe.
The 1919 Boston Police Strike Project is a collaboration between the Boston Police Department Archives and University Archives and Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston.
It was the nicest tribute to those who were slighted by the political parties in charge at the time. My grandfather was a noble and dedicated servant of the neighborhood he patrolled as an officer of the City of Boston. He would be proud of the recognition of the City at this late date of the event. Joe McPhee, grandson of Angus Joseph McPhee.
What a wonderful program and a total vindication for those men for the wrong they suffered and the city they loved and protected. May the words “ ABANDONED THEIR POST” be striken from any verbal or oral conversation where their names are mentioned.
God bless these warriors!
Mike Delahunt on behalf of my grampa Thomas Delahunt
I’m proud to be a family member of Thomas Delahunt who was denied the right to a fare wage and decent working conditions
Michael K Delahunt