History
9:54 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Group wants to save "Rosie the Riveter" plant

WILLOW RUN, MI (AP)--   The Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit was the place where Ford Motor Company switched from making cars to planes and produced one B-24 an hour to aid the American military effort during World War II. 

Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter

The immense factory employed 40,000 men and women, including Rose Will Monroe, who's believed to have been the inspiration for the famed Rosie the Riveter character.

The plan now is to knock it down.

But a group of donors is hoping to save at least a corner of the old plant so they can build a museum.

To make that happen, organizers need to raise $5 million by August 1.

Donor Larry Doe says the museum's important, because the "younger generation needs to know" about the plant's significant role during the war.