Sacco and Vanzetti
Drawings, Collage, Print and Reading/Performance
Shortly after midnight on August 23, 1927, 36-year-old Nicola Sacco and 39-year-old Bartolomeo Vanzetti were electrocuted in Charlestown prison in Massachusetts. Their trial was a travesty of justice. Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian immigrants, both active anarchists, who were found guilty of robbery and murder. A seven-year appeal process during which the two men were separated and often held in solitary confinement, proved fruitless. Their electrocutions outraged the moral conscience of the world, resulting in riots in Paris and London. In Massachusetts, more than 100,000 mourners stood on line to pay respect to these fallen heroes.