Eight of the cityâ€™s most active unionists were charged with conspiracy to commit murder even though only one even present at the meeting was on the speakersâ€™ platform. All eight were found guilty and sentenced to death, despite a lack of evidence connecting them to the person who threw the bomb. Four were hanged on November 11, 1887, Louis Lingg committed suicide in prison, and the remaining three were finally pardoned in 1893. Lucy Parsons, the widow of Albert Parsons, traveled the world urging workers to celebrate May Day and to remember the events of Haymarket and the subsequent government-sponsored murder of those fighting for the rights of all workers.
Over time, May Day grew to become an important day for organising and unifying the international struggle of workers and their allies. Viva May Day!