From the teeth of winter into the torrents of spring
We celebrate the spirit of the 1932 Ford Hunger Marchers
And move towards the opening of the Fort Street Bridge Park
With beer, and song, and love in our hearts...
On Friday March 2nd, we are hosting some awesome musical talent and raising some money for a great cause to help the community!!
Imagine a park located in the heart of southwest Detroit’s heavy industrial area that will commemorate historical events while enhancing the lower Rouge River and bringing new life and green infrastructure to the area.
The Fort Street Bridge Park will be built to commemorate the 1932 Ford Hunger March. A pivotal moment in automotive and American labor history. The protester's whose signs read “We want Bread Not Crumbs” clashed with police and Ford’s security forces escalated into what became known as the Ford Massacre which claimed the lives of five people leaving more than sixty injured.
The vision for the park is a resting spot for people traveling in the area with information about the Hunger March and also about the Rouge River and Oakwood community industrial history.
Here is a video about the park:
The location of the park is at the intersections of Denmark Street and Fort Street immediately adjacent to the recently updated Fort Street Bridge just down the road from the Marathon Refinery.
This event, MARCH ON, will help raise additional funds to bring the project to life. As it stands now the project has all the plans in place. They have permission from the city. All they need is some additional funding!!
To help with the fundraising we are charging $10.00 for this event. The price of the ticket includes a beer and music for the night!
You can purchase your ticket online or at the door.
Here is a link to purchase in advance:
We are honored to host Jon Langford & John Szymanski with special guests Tony Paris & Burnin’ Sugar!!
DOORS OPEN@ 4PM
OPENING ACT, Tony Paris & Blue Pontiac @ 8PM
MAIN ACT, Jon Langford & John Szymanski @ 9PM
Learn more about Jon Langford and Bloodshot Records here:
As part of the fundraising, there will be a Silent Auction to Benefit the Fort Street Bridge Park!
More information about the park project and the ford massacre from the Free Press:https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2017/10/15/ford-massacre-detroit-labor-history/700915001/
Additional articles about the park and hunger march from the Metro Times and Jalopnik.