Historical Society presents 'The Battle of the Graveyard'

Historical Society presents 'The Battle of the Graveyard'

LINCOLN - The Blackstone Valley Historical Society will host a presentation on "The Battle of the Graveyard" on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m., at North Gate Toll House, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike.

It was September, 1934. Low wages and terrible working conditions brought worker unrest to the forefront. In Saylesville, the streets were jampacked as thousands of textile employees left their jobs and clustered at Moshassuck cemetery. To quell the unrest, the National Guard was called, resulting in a free-for-all of rioting and gunshots. To this day, bullet holes still adorn some of the headstones within the cemetery.

Glenn Laxton will be the guide to this bloody time in neighborhood history. With newspaper photos from virtually all over America to a DVD copy of movie footage of that disastrous day, Laxton will recount one of the major times of labor unrest within the Blackstone Valley.

Laxton is an author and videographer who has won Emmy awards for his work on The Station fire, the von Bulow trial, and Plunderdome.

Although all programs are free, donations are accepted, and all interested persons are invited to join the organization.

For more information, email Jason Dionne at jjhdio70@gmail.com.