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Sacco & Vanzetti: The executions & funeral

Learn about the executions and funeral of Sacco and Vanzetti.

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The executions

Boston Daily Advertiser, August 23, 1927

Boston Daily Advertiser, August 23, 1927

Rosa Sacco (wife) and Luigia Vanzetti (sister) after their last visit with Sacco and Vanzetti at the Charlestown prison, 8/22/27

 

Sacco and Vanzetti were electrocuted at Charlestown State Prison on August 23, 1927. (Madeiros was also electrocuted that same night for the murder of a bank cashier, a crime wholly unrelated to the South Braintree robbery and murders.) Because Sacco had been on a hunger strike, his body had lost salt and water--elements that conduct electricity. To compensate, he received a higher voltage than Vanzetti, as indicated on the certificate below.

Image (right): Rosa Sacco (wife) and Luigia Vanzetti (sister) after their last visit with Sacco and Vanzetti at the Charlestown prison, 8/22/27

The executions

Certificate of execution for Nicola Sacco

The executions

Certificate of execution for Bartolomeo Vanzetti

The funeral

Funeral procession for Sacco and Vanzetti, August 28, 1927, viewed from Tremont Street in Boston.

Funeral procession
Funeral procession
"Remember justice crucified"

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