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Labor Day Strike Reenactment – 1899 Newsboys Strike of New York City
September 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The public is invited to learn the story and participate in the strike.
Discover why we celebrate Labor Day.
In the late 19th century newspapers and word-of-mouth were the main forms of communication. Subscribers had the morning news delivered to their home or office, but the afternoon news was sold through newsboys hawking the papers on the street for a penny. One hot summer in July 1899, thousands of newsboys, orphans and immigrants went on strike against the New York Journal and the New York World. The newsboy’s strike was a U.S. youth-led campaign to force change in the way that Joseph Pulitzer (The New York World) and William Randolph Hearst (The New York Journal) newspapers compensated their child labor force of newspaper hawkers.
This strike reenactment is an outdoor event and held rain or shine. Come dressed as 1890s newsboy, newspaper magnate, reporter, police officer or crowd (optional.) Bring picket signs! The event will last about an hour and is free but donations to support educational programs at the Mill Museum are greatly appreciated.