Wreath Laying: In Memory of Douglas Starch Works

When: Mon May 20, 3:00pm
Where: Linwood Cemetery
Address: 520 Wilson Ave SW


The wreath laying ceremony will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works explosion, one of the worst industrial accidents in Iowa history. The explosion on May 22, 1919 caused damage across the city of Cedar Rapids, leveled portions of the Douglas Starch Works plant, and resulted in the death of 44 people. In the days and months that followed, the Cedar Rapids community showed resiliency by focusing on rebuilding, including at the Douglas Starch Works plant. A memorial was erected at Linwood Cemetery to remember the lives of the employees who died in the explosion.

The ceremony will feature thoughts by Mayor Brad Hart; Brucemore’s Executive Director David Janssen; Brucemore’s President of the Board of Trustees Kay Hegarty, and spoken word artist, Akwi Nji.

Murdoch Funeral Homes will host a reception following the ceremony.

RSVP requested as space is limited.