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|Creator:||Memphis press scimitar|
Black-and-white photograph from 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, white policemen in gas masks and riot gear stand on the corner while African American young men and women appear to run away from them. One young man appears to have just tripped on the shoe of an officer, while another tries to step over a tipped-over garbage can; the young man holds his glasses in his hand and has turned away from an unseen officer spraying mace. In the foreground, an African American woman in sunglasses holds a handkerchief to her mouth.
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.
The University of Tennessee Libraries (Knoxville, Tennessee) is the digital publisher.
|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 | African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | African Americans--Violence against--Tennessee--Memphis | Violence--Tennessee--Memphis | Police brutality--Tennessee--Memphis | Men, White--Tennessee--Memphis | Riots--Tennessee--Memphis | Shelby County (Tenn.) | Memphis (Tenn.)|
|Collection:||1968 Sanitation Workers Strike|
|Institution:||University of Memphis. Special Collections Dept.|
|Contributors:||University of Memphis. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.|
|Online Publisher:||Knoxville, Tenn. : Volunteer Voices | 2007-04-20|
1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee
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