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Sanitation Workers Strike

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Creator:Memphis press scimitar
Title:Sanitation Workers Strike
Date:1968 Feb. 23

Black-and-white photograph from February 23, 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, white policemen stand in the street and spray mace at African American and white demonstrators walking along the sidewalk.

The Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike began on February 11, 1968, following years of dangerous working conditions, discrimination, and the work-related deaths of two African American sanitation workers. Led by local clergy, including Methodist pastor James Lawson, community members engaged in boycotts, mass meetings, marches, and other civil disobedience in support of the strike. On February 23, the Memphis City Council refused to recognize the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and later that day, police used mace on a demonstration that included striking sanitation workers, women, children, and clergy. The strike ended April 12, 1968.

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Subjects:Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968 | Strikes and lockouts--Tennessee--Memphis | Sanitation workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee--Memphis | Memphis (Tenn.)--Race relations | Race relations | Race discrimination--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikes and lockouts--Sanitation--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikes and lockouts--Refuse collectors--Tennessee--Memphis | Police--Tennessee--Memphis | Police brutality--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Violence against--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights workers--Violence against--Tennessee--Memphis | Violence--Tennessee--Memphis | Stores, Retail--Tennessee--Memphis | Central business districts--Tennessee--Memphis | United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.1495343, -90.0489801
Collection:1968 Sanitation Workers Strike
Institution:University of Memphis. Special Collections Dept.
Contributors:University of Memphis. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
Original Material:

1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee

Persistent Link to Item:http://idserver.utk.edu/?id=200700000001970