Illinois memorial pays tribute to ill-fated ‘Radium Girls’
The Radium Girls memorial honors the women who worked at watch-painting plants for Radium Dial Co. and Luminous Processes Inc in the 1920s and ’30s. The women painted glow-in-the-dark watch dials using radium-laced paint. Many died of radium exposure from using their lips to hone their paintbrushes.
The (Ottawa) Daily Times reports the life-size bronze statue was unveiled Friday. It was placed near the former Luminous Processes Inc. factory plant.
Former employees also attended the unveiling. Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed Friday Radium Girls Day in Illinois.
The memorial grew out of a class project by then-eight-grader Madeline Piller, who is now a freshman at the University of Illinois College of Engineering.
Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.ottawadailytimes.com
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