Julia Ruuttila, journalist, author, and political activist whose career spanned six decades, gives a speech in Centralia, Washington, on the 60th anniversary of the massacre. In 1936 Ruuttila created a committee that worked for the release of Ray Becker, a Wobblies activist who had been convicted in the 1919 slaying of five men at a labor demonstration in Centralia, Washington. While Becker was never exonerated, his sentenced was commuted, and he was released from prison.
Centralia College, Kirk Library
Walden Collection, donation from the private Centralia Massacre collection of Eleanor Walden, Berkeley, CA.