Howling Mob Society
series of historical markers, website w/interactive map
I spent a majority of 2007 working with a collaborative team, which eventually identified itself as the Howling Mob Society, on a series of ten historical markers detailing the story of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 as it unfolded in Pittsburgh, PA. We applied our research towards a public documentation which details the economic and social experiences that led to the national uprising, with the goal of contextualizing and celebrating both the specific events of the summer of 1877 and the larger implications of a popular, working class rebellion combined with a general, cross-industrial strike.
The markers were installed in November of 2008 - as of January, 2012, eight of the ten signs remain intact.
"The sixth and seventh days of the revolution, July 21 and 22, were the darkest and bloodiest of all. The city of Pittsburgh was completely controlled by a howling mob, whose deeds of violence were written in fire and blood."
- Harper's Weekly, August 11, 1877