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Creator:Memphis press scimitar
Date:1968 Mar. 28

Black-and-white photograph from March 28, 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. The photograph shows two white Memphis policemen standing in the middle of the street. Several National Guardsmen stand at intervals along the sidewalk in front of businesses, and paper debris line the gutters.

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. Demonstrations turned deadly March 28 when a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is interrupted by breaking windows. Police moved into the area with mace, tear gas, and gunfire. A sixteen-year-old African American young man was shot and killed; that evening, the city authorized 7 pm curfews and called in 4000 members of the National Guard. 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 | Soldiers--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=200700000002029