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‘We Can Do It’ Again: Deadline Nears to Save Rosie the Riveter’s Factory

The factory where the original Rosie the Riveters assembled B-24 bombers during World War II at an astonishing rate is slated for demolition May 1 unless a preservation group can raise $1.25 million.

The "Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant" has only a few days left to raise $1.25 million to save the factory where the original "Rosie the Riveter" once worked from the wrecking ball.
The "Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant" has only a few days left to raise $1.25 million to save the factory where the original "Rosie the Riveter" once worked from the wrecking ball.

The 778 “Rosies” who gathered March 29 at former General Motors assembly plant where the original “Rosie the Riveter” – the iconic symbol of women’s contributions to the World War II effort on the homefront – once worked set a Guinness World Record.

But whether staging the “largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter” will be enough to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant from the wrecking ball won’t be know until May 1, The Detroit News reports.

That’s the deadline for Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant to raise $1.25 million to save the Ypsilanti Township plant and transform it into the new home of the Yankee Air Museum.

Only 250 “Rosies” were needed to claim the Guinness record.

The group has already raised more than $6.5 million to save Rosie’s factory and create the museum, according to the Yankee Air Museum Facebook page.

The Willow Run Plant is considered historically significant because the B-24 bomber planes were assembled at the astonishing rate of one every hour. The 40,000 workers included many pioneering women on the assembly line, who were nicknamed “Rosie the Riveter,” according to the Save Willow Run Bomber Plant web site.

Willow Run produced more aircraft every month than japan did in a year, earning it – and southeast Michigan as a whole– worldwide recognition as “The Arsenal of Democracy.”

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