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As the centennial neared, some members of the Centennial Committee hoped that some kind of historical park might be constructed in the area where the rally took place. This proved to be impossible, however. Indeed, the most eloquent markers of Haymarket's heritage in public consciousness were the pedestal of the police monument, minus the embattled statue itself, and the boltholes from the stolen Illinois Labor History Society plaque on the wall of the Catholic Charities building.
Finally, on March 25, 1992, the Chicago City Council granted landmark status to the block of Desplaines Street between Lake and Randolph Street. It was more than four years later, on May 3, 1996, that a landmark plaque was embedded in the sidewalk on the east side of Desplaines Street just above what had once been Crane's Alley, a few feet from where the Haymarket speakers' wagon was situated.
The politically neutral text of the plaque is as follows:
"A decade of strife between labor and industry culminated here in a confrontation that resulted in the tragic death of both workers and policemen. On May 4, 1886, spectators at a labor rally had gathered around the mouth of nearby Crane's Alley. A contingent of police approaching on DesPlaines Street were met by a bomb thrown from just south of the alley. The resulting trial of eight activists gained worldwide attention for the labor movement and initiated the tradition of "May Day" labor rallies in many cities."
As is the case with the monument and grave markers at Waldheim, visitors often leave flowers on the plaque, or tie strings of remembrance into the bent wires of the nearby chain-link fence.