The Howling Mob Society

“Twenty Murdered and a City Rises Up” plaque, on the site of the execution of civilians in Polish Hill neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA (plaque removed by persons unknown)

The Howling Mob Society (HMS) was a collaboration of artists, activists, and historians committed to unearthing stories neglected by mainstream history. HMS brought increased visibility to the radical history of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through a grassroots artistic practice focused on the production of historical markers. We chose to focus on the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, a national uprising that saw some of its most dramatic moments in Pittsburgh.