On July 12, 1917, a posse of 2,000 members, deputized by the sheriff of Cochise County and aided by Phelps Dodge, the major mining company in Bisbee, rounded up 1,300 striking mine workers, supporters and citizen bystanders. The group was deported 200 miles away to Tres Hermanas, New Mexico, where most were left without money or transportation. While a presidential commission found the deportation as “wholly illegal and without authority in law, either State or Federal”, no individual, company, or agency was ever convicted in connection with the deportations.
DCWM Adjunct Curator of History Dr. Eduardo Pagán will share accounts of the infamous event, shedding light on why this event happened and the lasting effects of its legacy on mining, labor, and Arizona history.
11 a.m. | Cultural Crossroads Learning Center | Included with paid Museum admission; free for Museum Members