In 1914 labor activist Joe Hill was arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of a retired policeman and grocer, John G. Morrison. 
The news of the trial took the Salt Lake Valley, the national labor community, and even the international community by storm. In the end, appeals for clemency were being received in Utah from President Woodrow Wilson and Swedish dignitaries. Hill was executed on Nov. 19, 1915. The question of his factual innocence has been a matter of public debate ever since.

University of Utah Law Student Takes On Case of Labor Activist Joe Hill 100 Years After Execution

March 31, 2015 — The case is a staple in many Utah history classes: In 1914 labor activist Joe Hill was arrested, tried and convicted for the murder of a retired policeman and grocer, John G. Morrison. The news of the trial took the Salt Lake Valley, the national labor community, and even the international Read More

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