While most people see Labor Day as a nicely-timed Monday off to end the summer, the holiday was begun to honor the efforts of millions of factory and mill workers — including the thousands who worked at Woonsocket companies.
The U.S. Department of Labor's website on the history of Labor Day explains that the first recorded Labor Day occurred on a Tuesday — Sept. 5, 1882, organized by members of the Central Labor Union in New York City, NY.
After changing the annual date to the first Monday of September, labor organizations continued to honor the holiday — and several state enacted laws approving it — until 1894, when Congress made Labor Day an official national holiday.
In Woonsocket, generations of laborers worked in the mills that sprang up in the 1800s and 1900s, including the Seville Dye Mill and Jules Desurmont Worsted Company.
Did you or anyone you know work at one of the mills in Woonsocket? What are your memories of working in Woonsocket's factories?
Tell us in the comments — and share your stories with our readers.