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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dr. Louis Slotin Memorial Park and Plaque (Luxton Avenue, Winnipeg)

A park and plaque at the foot of Luxton Avenue near the Red River is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Louis Slotin who willingly and heroically laid down his life to save seven fellow scientists during an experiment on 21 May 1946, at the Los Alamos atomic research project in New Mexico, USA. As the laboratory was being swept with deadly radiation, Slotin spontaneously leaped forward covering the experiment with his body. He was taken to hospital where he died nine days later. His seven co-workers survived. Slotin and his family had resided at 125 Scotia Street, just a short walk north of this park. Descendants and family members still reside in Winnipeg. The plaque was installed in October 1994.

Dr. Louis Slotin memorial park and commemorative plaque

Dr. Louis Slotin memorial park and commemorative plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Dr. Louis Slotin commemorative plaque

Dr. Louis Slotin commemorative plaque (July 2023)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92301, W97.11325
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Louis Slotin (1910-1946)


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1994-1995, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 42.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 August 2023

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