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Beale St. riot

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Creator:Memphis press scimitar
Title:Beale St. riot

Black-and-white photograph taken in 1968 by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. The photograph shows the effects of a riot in front of Schwab's store. Two white men and an African American boy look at the broken glass, papers, debris along the sidewalk and in the street. There are several pieces of store mannequins among the debris. Signs in the broken store windows encourage patrons to "Look your very best this Easter." 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:Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights--Tennessee--Memphis | Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee--Memphis | Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968 | Strikes and lockouts--Tennessee--Memphis | Sanitation workers--Tennessee--Memphis | Violence--Tennessee--Memphis | Central business districts--Tennessee--Memphis | Department stores--Tennessee--Memphis | Men, White--Tennessee--Memphis | African American boys--Tennessee--Memphis | Mannequins (Figures) | 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=200700000002024