Remembering Sparrows Point

Bonnie Bowen, American Studies ’14, is a student in ‘Mill Stories,’ a UMBC American Studies course

Bonnie BowenSparrows Point Steel Mill helped shape the lives of hundreds of thousands of steelworkers and associated personnel for well over a century. The Mill has had a large role in my life as my husband worked there until he was laid off in 2012, but my story is not unique—it is one of many. In the Baltimore region, it is often hard not to find a family whose life had not been touched in someway by Sparrows Point Steel Mill. The dismantling of the Mill is well on its way and will continue. Soon, all of the buildings will all be torn down, or imploded, leaving little tangible remains to remember the community and culture of the people whose lives were greatly impacted by it.

The BreakingGround initiative at UMBC has provided the opportunity for faculty and students to supports former steelworkers and associated personal by encouraging them to share their stories and by providing them an opportunity to have their stories documented, preserved, and shared with others long after the Mill Storiesbuildings have been demolished for scrap.

Please join us Thursday, April 10th at 7:30pm for Remembering Sparrows Point. The event is FREE to all and is being held at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224). To keep the memory alive, Creative Alliance will screen Mill Stories and Life After Steel, present a reading by Deborah Rudacille, author of Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town, and engage the audience in a discussion with former Sparrows Point workers Chris MacLarion, Addie Loretta Houston-Smith, and LeRoy McClelland, Sr.

  • Introductions by Marc Steiner
  • Mill Stories –Bill Shewbridge and Michelle Stefano, UMBC
  • Life After Steel – Eric Kruszewski
  • Roots of Steel, a reading by Deborah Rudacille, UMBC
  • Discussion moderated by Bill Barry (former Director of Labor Studies, CCBC Dundalk)

Contact the author, Bonnie Bowen, at

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