Changes should bring memorial

In following the recent news items regarding the proposed arena and the reshaping of Hewitt Avenue, I have one thought that I would like to share.

I feel that this community would benefit from a memorial to commemorate the Everett Massacre of 1916. This was a historically significant and sad series of events that occurred along Hewitt Avenue. The repercussions gathered the attention of the world and set off rioting in many of the world’s major cities. It also leaves an uncomfortable feeling that such a tragic event could have happened in a community as nice as Everett.

Historical documents lead one to believe that the confrontation turned murderous due to many factors, the primary reasons being voiced threats, fear, paranoia, distrust of outsiders, the refusal to allow free speech and congregation as well as a sense in some areas of the community that strong-arm protections were necessary.

In the spirit of atonement, I suggest a memorial, memorializing those murdered on both sides of the dispute. Given that suppressed free speech was the largest issue, perhaps a bronze soap-box within a small gathering area where we could invite anyone to speak about anything (a speakers’ corner similar to that of Hyde Park in London.) It would offering to all a symbol that we have learned from our sad past and wish for a brighter future. Let freedom ring!

Everett

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