Monthly archives: June 2014

150th Anniversary of Washington Arsenal Explosion


Tuesday marked the 150th Anniversary of the Washington Arsenal Explosion. The explosion left 21 girls, mostly poor Irish immigrant women, dead. The fire was a sensation at the time with President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edward Stanton leading the mourners at the funeral.

On Wednesday the SUVCW held ceremonies at Congressional Cemetery and Fort McNair in Washington, DC to mark the anniversary of the fire and their funeral. Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore was on hand to lay a wreath. In his remarks, Foreign Minister Gilmore gave specific thanks to the SUVCW for its work to make sure these women were not forgotten.
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