Item no. 28110
|Collection: New-York Historical Society|
Demonstration in Union Square on March 6, 1931. The original caption on this welll known image was: "NEW YORK'S CRIMSON FRONT! One of the worst riots of its kind resulted along the communist front, Union Square, New York City, when police re-enforced by firemen and detectives dispersed with much injury Communists demonstrating against the unemployment situation. Photo shows the greater part of 40,000 Reds who gathered in Union Square, for the attempted march on City Hall, which was frustrated by police."
The image was used in a historical plaque in Union Square, see the Labor Arts exhibit about the plaques for more details.
Current Events: See also history repeating itself in this image as people from all across the nation demonstrate on Union Square in support of justice for Trayvon Martin.
Image courtsey of the New-York Historical Society.