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Lucy Parsons
Original name: Lucia Ella Gonzales
Birth: 1853
Death: Mar. 7, 1942
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Anarchist. Modern scholarship concludes the probability that she was born as a slave in Texas, though she later claimed to be the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Creek father, denying any black heritage. She met and married Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier, around 1871. The racially mixed couple was forced to flee Texas and settled in Chicago in 1873. They became involved with Marxist socialism and the Workingmen's Party of the United States. She wrote and and lectured for the organization's paper, Socialist. In 1883 they helped found the anarchist group International Working People's Association. She wrote regularly for their weekly paper The Alarm, encouraging acts of violence against the rich. In May 1886, when she and her husband led a strike calling for an eight-hour work day, the rally at Haymarket Square ended with a bomb thrown at police, killing four. Albert Parsons was one of those tried and executed for the murders. In 1892 she published the short lived paper Freedom. In 1905 she was among those who founded the Industrial Workers of the World. In 1927 she became a member of the National Committee of the International Labor Defense and began working for the Communist Party. She died in a house fire at age 89. She variously called herself Lucy Gonzalez, Lucy Gonzalez Parson, Lucy Parsons, Lucy Waller. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Albert Richard Parsons (1848 - 1887)*
 
 Children:
  Albert Parsons (1879 - 1919)*
  Lulu Eda Parsons (1881 - 1889)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Died in home fire when her blindness prevented her from escaping
 
Burial:
Forest Home Cemetery
Forest Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: About 2 gravestones to the right of the Haymarket Monument
 
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Record added: Mar 09, 2000
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