On July 2, 1918, the Split Rock T.N.T. plant in the Town of Onondaga was wracked with explosions and fires. At least 60 workers were killed and dozens were injured. The news made headlines across the state and the nation. The event not only affected the workers involved, but their families and friends throughout the community.
On Sunday, July 1, 2018, The Town of Onondaga Historical Society will commemorate the centennial of this disaster with a graveside remembrance at the site of the mass burial in Oakwood Cemetery located off Comstock Avenue in the Syracuse University area. The event will include a laying of the wreath at the Split Rock Monument, and a reading of the names of the workers who were killed in the disaster.
Town of Onondaga Historical Society President, Carl Wiezalis, said that “The membership of our Society and the community at large are invited to attend this ceremony and, thereby, express their respect and appreciation for the individual and family sacrifices that ultimately affected our success in World War I.” The 30 minute ceremony is set to begin at 1:00 PM at Section B of Oakwood Cemetery.