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March on Main and Beale

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Creator:Memphis press scimitar
Title:March on Main and Beale
Date:1968 Mar.

Black-and-white photograph from March 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. The photograph shows African American men participating in a protest march in support of striking sanitation workers; the men wear signs with the slogans "End dismal working conditions now" and "Mace won't stop truth!" The men stand at the corner of Beale Street. White National Guardsmen stand at the intersection with bayonetts on their rifles.

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, 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 | Protest marches--Tennessee--Memphis | African American men--Tennessee--Memphis | Soldiers--Tennessee--Memphis | Rifles--Tennessee--Memphis | Beale Street (Memphis, Tenn.) | Signs and signboards--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--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
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1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee

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