The workplace of an iconic World War II figure could be torn down if financing to rescue it isn’t found soon.
With millions of American men fighting in Europe and Asia during the war, women poured into the nation’s factories, taking jobs once exclusively held by men. Rose Will Monroe, a riveter at Detroit’s Willow Run Bomber Plant, which made B-17 bombers, became the face of the U.S. home front effort when she was cast to play herself in Hollywood-produced government films, CBS News notes.
Know ever after as Rosie the Riveter, her face adorned posters bearing the slogan “We Can Do It!”
After the war, the Willow Run factory retooled and spent the next six decades turning out General Motors (GM) vehicles. It was closed in 2010 and will be torn down if $3.5 million cannot be raised in order to convert part of it into a museum.
Local historians and residents have formed the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant effort and have raised $4.5 million to renovate the plant to house the Yankee Air Museum.
Earlier this month, Detroit became the largest city in U.S. history to seek bankruptcy protection.