Last night, Thursday, June 7, 2018, the Boston Police Department’s records manager and archivist Margaret Sullivan made a presentation to a small group at the Boston Public Library’s Copley location detailing the Boston Police strike of 1919, possibly the most significant event in the history of the Boston Police Department.
On September 9, 1919, Boston police officers went on strike in hopes of gaining long-promised improvements in wages and working conditions, which at the time were stagnant and subpar. Of 1,544 men, 1,177 walked off the job. None of the strikers ever worked as Boston police officers again.
Sullivan is now gathering a group of volunteer genealogists to document and preserve the lives of the over 1,100 officers involved in the highly influential strike that had lasting effects on the City of Boston and across the U.S. She hopes to reveal her results on the centennial of the strike on September 9, 2019. For Danny McDonald’s full story in the Boston Globe, click on THIS LINK.