Invitation to the 1919 Boston Police Strike Centennial Commemoration on Saturday, September 7

CLICK HERE to watch the unedited/draft video of the event.


Boston Post article on police strike

“Police vote to strike tonight, walkout at 5:45 p.m. rollcall,” The Boston Post

What: 1919 Boston Police Strike Centennial Commemoration

Where:  UMass Boston campus
University Hall
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester, MA 02125

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Join us at 3:00 pm for exhibits and light refreshments. Program begins promptly at 4:00 pm.

RegisterSeating is limited so (free) registration is required.

The 1919 Boston Police Strike Project aims to document and preserve the stories of the more than 1,130 police officers who were involved in this highly influential labor strike, which had lasting effects in the City of Boston and across the United States.  The project is a collaboration between the Boston Police Department Archives, the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Boston City Archives, dedicated volunteer researchers, and family members of men who participated in the strike.  The centennial event on September 7 will commemorate the men who took part in the strike, honor the families who lived with its aftermath, and celebrate the work of the volunteers in researching and compiling biographical profiles for the striking officers for the benefit of researchers, historians, students, family members, and the general public.

Click here to register for this free event.

Project volunteers and family members of strikers: participate in the commemoration by sending us a brief video of your memories and stories about your striker ancestor before July 15, 2019. Click here to learn about how easy it is to create and submit a video.

Directions to UMass Boston.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please notify UMass Boston at least two weeks prior to the event by visiting the ADA Accomodations webpage. (

This event is made possible through the contributions of time and expertise by the project volunteers and the staff of the Healey Library at UMass Boston, the Boston Police Archives, and the Boston City Archives, as well as the generous financial support of the Zapata-Saavedra Library Fund, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the Boston Police Relief Organization, the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, the City of Boston Credit Union,  Brenda and Tom O’Brien, Ms. Celeste Finison, Mr. Peter Killelea, Mr. Robert Severy, and Ms. Margaret R. Sullivan. 

June volunteer meet-up for 1919 Boston Police Strike Project

Chart showing BP Strike Worksheet Progress.

This chart shows the research progress for the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project as of June 2019.

What: 1919 Boston Police Strike Volunteer Meet-up

Where: CALLI Room, 4th floor, Healey Library, UMass Boston campus

When: Friday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

RSVP: Kindly RSVP to by Wednesday, June 26th.

It’s less than three months until our commemorative event in September and we are making great progress on our program plans. Join us for our next meet-up on Friday, June 28, 2019, at UMass Boston to learn about our latest developments.

We will kick off our meeting with a ‘sneak preview’ of our digital progress — that is, our timeline, story map, and project database. We will share our progress with the auto-generated striker bios and our thoughts on next steps for our volunteers to help edit and finalize these stories. We will continue our discussion of how to create video/audio recordings and share some easy instructions/guidelines.  We will discuss the idea of setting up a ‘show and tell’ table at the event and suggestions for volunteers to help coordinate this table.

We will also update you on progress regarding the upcoming stages of the project (reviewing/closing, data entry, biographical profiles, and planning for the September event), and will answer your questions and general research needs.

At the end of the session, we invite you to join us in walking over to the Tawa Music Classroom in University Hall for the first rehearsal of the choral group that will be singing a song as part of the event. We would love to have you lend your voice, or just pop in to hear what the grand finale will sound like!

Please note that we will be meeting in the CALLI room location: Healey Library, 4th  floor.

All current volunteers are welcome, including those in the process of taking the online training course. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Directions to campus are available here, and a campus map is available herePLEASE NOTE: The exterior stairs from the plaza up to Healey Library are CLOSED. Please access Healey Library through the catwalk system.

We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date:

Next volunteer meet-up: Friday, July 26, 2019 (UMass Boston campus)

1919 Boston Police Strike Centennial Event: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (UMass Boston campus)