NLC Workers Memorial
"Pray for the dead, but fight like hell for the living." - Mother Jones
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, who died in 1930 just a couple of miles away from the National Labor College campus, captured the spirit of workplace safety activism with these few passionate words. The National Labor College hopes to continue that spirit in the memorial.
On this quiet spot, where union members learn for the future of our movement, we are building a place to pause and remember the lives of fallen brothers and sisters. When complete, the memorial will be comprised of thousands of simple bricks, each engraved with the name of a fallen one.
Through their contributions, individuals and groups alike will be given the opportunity to support a permanent remembrance in this way but also will help the movement to fight for the livingŁ by supporting the college's programs for the future.
For a contribution of $125, a supporter may name a fallen brother or sister. American workers (immigrant or not) may be memorialized if they died on the job or from work-related dangers. Those who died in the struggle to build their union, or those like Mother Jones who made important contributions (large or small) to the labor movement can also be remembered on a specially-prepared adjacent spot. Each brick will bear the name of the deceased, the date of death and the name of their union or occupation.
We also encourage groups to sponsor the slate pavers that border the memorial with a contribution of $2,000 to commemorate historic or significant events. In addition, granite benches run through sections of the memorial providing special opportunities for whole categories or occupations of fallen workers to be remembered. These sections, meant for those who gave their lives working in danger, such as miners, those exposed to asbestos, or others whose occupations endanger their lives or their health, are available for $10,000.
Contributions support the cost of erecting, maintaining and administering the memorial. A portion of these funds will also support the annual Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony, held in April at the National Labor College. Remaining funds will provide general support to the college's work, including important Health and Safety programs.
To participate, mail the NLC Workers Memorial Request form along with your check or money order made out to National Labor College at:
NLC Workers Memorial
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
If you would like to dedicate an individual brick in remembrance of a fallen brother or sister, please download and complete this form and include it with your contribution.
If you would like to dedicate a slate paver or granite bench in honor of a group of individuals, please review the attached brochure Workers Memorial Bench/Paver Brochure and Order Form (PDF)