Aurora Historical Society Opens Exhibit Commemorating 1-Year Anniversary of Pratt Shooting

Aurora Historical Society Opens Exhibit Commemorating 1-Year Anniversary of Pratt Shooting

Crosses seen outside factory gates on March 30, 2019.

A one-year anniversary exhibit memorializing the events of Feb. 15, 2019, when six people died and seven others were wounded in a shootout at the Henry Pratt Company factory in Aurora will open Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, 60505.

Hours for the opening will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Created by the Aurora Historical Society, the exhibit will be centered on the five white crosses that stood for seven weeks outside the factory gates as a silent tribute to the employees gunned down inside.

Additional material in the exhibit will be memorabilia placed there by the public as symbols of mourning and support. There will also be material received by the Aurora Police Department from law enforcement agencies around the country, expressing solidarity, that was recently donated to the historical society.

“We are very aware that the community relies on us to preserve these remembrances,” said John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society. “This was a dark page in Aurora’s history, but it is history nonetheless, and we will always honor it.”

The exhibit is expected to stay up until at least Feb. 29, 2020.  Pierce Center hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.  Admission is free, although donations to the historical society are appreciated.

More information is available at www.aurorahistory.net.

Feature Photo Caption

Crosses at Aurora Historical Society after being donated.