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Site of an infamous terrorist bombing on New York City’s Wall Street.

Around noon on September 16, 1920, a horse drawn wagon parked on the busiest corner of Wall Street opposite J.P. Morgan’s bank. Loaded with 100 pounds of dynamite and 500 pounds of sash weight shrapnel, it’s timed blast went off killing 30 people immediately and injuring hundreds more. Eight more would die in the hospital. Messengers, clerks, brokers, and mostly young people were the victims of what’s commonly believed to be the work on Italian anarchists. For years prior, Galleanists (Italian fascists following Luigi Galleani) had actively assassinated and bombed government institutions they viewed as class enemies. They aimed to dismantle the world’s social and economic structure and by massacring the elite ruling classes to create human equality and opportunity. The investigation into finding the perpetrators went cold, but most believe anarchist Mario Buda responsible. Buda was responsible for similar bombings and had escaped to Italy where, in 1955, he allegedly confessed to his nephew about his participation in the Wall Street bombing. In the last picture, you can still see today’s remnants of the damage on the side of the JP Morgan bank. To defy the criminals, it was never repaired.

Shrapnel damage to the bank at 23 Wall Street can still be seen today

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