We invite you to this important memorial on Sunday to remember the five sex workers killed in East London in 1888 (details below).
The killer so called “Jack the Ripper” has made headlines, sold merchandise and had museums opened in his name. This tour rectifies that injustice and remembers the women.
The tour is led by Austin Harney, a trade unionist dedicated to decriminalisation and sex workers’ rights.
On Sunday 16th October, we will be touring Whitechapel in memory of the Sex Workers who were murdered in 1888! We will meet at 4pm outside Whitechapel tube station on Sunday 16th October.
Although the killer became a legend known as “Jack the Ripper,” the purpose of this tour is to remember these brave women who lost their lives of which is a warning from history to anybody for the criminalisation of sex work. These women were reduced to economic hardship and could, only, make their living on the sex trade within the criminal underworld of the East End of London.
They were Martha Tabram, Mary Ann Nicholls, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride (born as Gustafsdotter in Sweden), Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly (born in Limerick, Ireland). I enclose the photograph of us holding a candle lit vigil with the London Irish Feminist Network and John McDonnell (MP and current Shadow Chancellor) in 2013 on the spot of where Mary Kelly was murdered 125 years earlier on 9th November. It was the worst of the first recorded sex crimes in British History!
Afterwards, there will be a minute’s silence for all these women who, tragically, lost their lives! May we kill the legend of this killer and ensure that all these brave martyrs rest in peace!