Rosie the Riveter Plant to Be Destroyed Without $1M in Funding

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 03:46 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The "Rosie the Riveter" plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., will be destroyed unless a preservation group is able to raise $1 million by Thursday, May 1.

The former Willow Run Bomber Plant is a World War II-era facility where between 1942 and 1945 tens of thousands of men and women were employed and tasked with building 8,685 B-24 Liberator planes as part of the massive home-front war effort.

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One of those women who worked at the Michigan plant was the famous Rose Will Monroe, who gave way to the iconic cultural symbol Rosie the Riveter. Rosie represented female empowerment and showed women that they were capable of doing the same jobs that prior to the war had been reserved for men. 

The Save the Bomber Plant campaign has raised $7 million to preserve the site, The Associated Press reported. Unfortunately, the nonprofit requires another million to make sure a part of American history is not lost forever.

"It should be taken care of so that everybody — our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren — can enjoy it as the years go by," Loraine Osborne of Kentucky, whose brother and sister and their spouses worked at the facility, told the AP.

The Save the Bomber campaign wants to separate and preserve more than 150,000 square feet of the plant and convert it into a new, expanded home for the Yankee Air Museum, which would move from its current location less than two miles away, the AP noted.

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