100 Years After the Assassination of Mineworker Organizer Fannie Sellins: A Community Commemoration
Monday, August 26 @ 2:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Gather and remember Labor Martyr Fannie Sellins at three Allegheny Valley locations:
1) Ducktown, where striking Miners rallied and Fannie was shot.
2:00-3:00 pm Community Commemoration
Assassination site “Ducktown,” Natrona Heights
Boy and/or girl scouts for the pledge, Joe Szalanski coordinator.
Master of Ceremonies: Jeanne Cecil
Invocation: Fr. Tim Thomson, St. Mary’s Ukrainian, McKees Rocks
Welcome, Jim Thomas – Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society;
Mine Worker Speakers: Nick Molnar and Kip Dawson
Community Speaker: Mary Cronk Farrell
Labor Welcome: (Darin Kelly, Allegheny County Labor Council)
Song: Anne Feeney and Fannie Sellins Chorus – Casey Deasey, Ginnie Hildebrand, Bette McDevitt (other Raging Grannies, et al).
Reading – “The Only Wrong” statement of Fannie Sellins
Visit to the murder site
2) Brackenridge at USW Local 1196 Union Hall to hear speeches about Fannie’s relevance today.
3:30-6:15 pm Steelworker Commemoration – USW Local 1196 (Brackenridge)
3:30 pm Fannie Sellins – Her meaning today: (Steffi Domike and John Lepley)
5:00 pm Dinner and Speeches (Union Hall and parking lot behind with tent)
Master of Ceremonies: Maria Soma, Director of Organization, USW
Welcome: Todd Barbiaux,
Invocation: Fr. Jack O’Malley
Song: Mike Stout – Remembrance of Tony Slomkoski
Fred Redmond, International Vice President USW
Levi Allen, International Secretary-Treasurer UMW
6:15 pm Leave Brackenridge for Arnold Cemetery at 6:15
3) Arnold Cemetery at the Mineworker Memorial to pray for the dead.
6:45 pm Mineworker Memorial
Fannie Sellins and Joe Strazeleski Gravesite, Arnold Cemetery
MC: Rosemary Trump – Battle of Homestead Foundation
Invocation: Reverend Rodney Torbit, Serbian Orthodox priest
Welcome: Rick Bloomingdale, PA AFL-CIO
Music, Tom Breiding
Tanya James, UMW International Auditor/Teller
Ed Yankovich, UMW International VP, District 2 emeritus
Candlelight and Taps
Sponsoring partners with BHF include United Mineworkers and United Steelworkers.