8. The Defense Committee for Sacco and Vanzetti Used Webster Hall as a Meeting Place For Preparation
In the 1920s, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested and sentenced to death for murdering a Massachusetts paymaster and his guard and stealing more than $15,000. The crimes though not particularly interesting sparked much outrage and protest across the East Coast because of the lack of evidence for the conviction. Throughout the 1920s during the trial, the members of Sacco and Vanzetti’s Defense Committee would meet in Webster Hall to prepare for the trials. Despite their effort and the protests of hundreds of people around the world, on August 23, 1927, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed via electric chair.