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|Creator:||Memphis press scimitar|
|Title:||Strikers and scabs|
Black-and-white photograph from March 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, two African American men sit in the back of a truck and are confronted by other African Americans. An African American woman carries a sign with the slogan "40% of the garbage collectors need welfare to earn a living wage!" A policeman observes the interaction. The men in the truck were hired to replace striking sanitation workers.
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. 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 | African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | Strikebreakers--Tennessee--Memphis | Police--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.|
1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee
|Persistent Link to Item:||http://idserver.utk.edu/?id=200700000002007|