Colorado Organizations Collaborate to Commemorate the Ludlow Massacre Centennial
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo and other Colorado organizations dedicated to preserving our state’s history plan to stage events beginning next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Colorado Coalfield War of 1913-1914, during which the Ludlow Massacre occurred.
On April 20, 1914, state military forces and striking miners clashed outside the town of Ludlow, approximately 20 miles north of Trinidad. Later the violence spread throughout Southern Colorado. With almost a hundred dead by the end of the ensuing melee, the Massacre began the bloodiest clash in American labor history.
Organizations and individuals involved include Colorado Humanities, History Colorado, the United Mine Workers of America, University of Colorado-Denver, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. The groups will compile a calendar of events and create a website to serve as a central location for the 100-year anniversary of the Colorado Coal Field War and the Ludlow Massacre. The calendar of events will begin in the Fall of 2013 and continue through December of 2014. Events will include speakers, films, readings, and an educational curriculum for teachers that relates the local story to the study of U.S. and Colorado history.
The goals of the organizing committee include:
1. Raising awareness of events preceding and including the Ludlow Massacre.
2. Deepen understanding that Ludlow and the Coal Field war is a story of the economy, immigration, labor, energy, culture, and history that is deeply relevant to Colorado and the United States and that it continued beyond the events of 1913-1914.
3. Make available the historical and archaeological resources from the events of 1913-1914.
4. Expand community outreach so that the stories of the individuals involved in these incidents can be heard.
5. Reconciliation of the past and to reflect on its relationship to the state of Colorado and the United States today. One hundred years gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past with perspective, understand its relevance to the present and inform our shaping of our future.
The ability of the committee to accomplish these goals will depend upon the amount of funds raised. If you wish to contribute to the commemoration of the Great Colorado Coalfield War of 1913-1914 and the Ludlow Massacre, send a check with “Ludlow” on the memo line to Colorado Humanities, 7935 East Prentice Avenue, Suite 450, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
Graphics, photos, and interviews are available upon request by contacting Jonathan Rees at 719-671-4798 or Jonathan.Rees@colostate-pueblo.edu
or Josephine Jones at 303-894-7951 x15 (Jones@coloradohumanities.org)