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Following the funeral, the friends of the deceased and imprisoned anarchists, with assistance from labor unions and other workers' and ethnic cultural organizations, formed the Pioneer Aid and Support Association. The second page of the incorporation certificate pictured on the right, dated December 15, 1887, stated the purpose of the organization in broad terms. Its object was, as the group's named implied, "to aid and support the families and dependents of persons who lawfully uphold the interests of labor, and in consequence thereof such families and dependents become deprived of the aid and support which such persons would otherwise be enabled to offer."
The constitution of the Pioneer Aid and Support Association, the cover of which is on the left, specifically named the families of August Spies, Albert Parsons, George Engel, Oscar Neebe, Michael Schwab, and Samuel Fielden as the recipients of this aid and support. Since Louis Lingg had no family in America, he was not mentioned.