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Lester Tate addresses the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, circa 1949, Los Angeles

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Title:Lester Tate addresses the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, circa 1949, Los Angeles
Date:1949
Description:

Photograph of Lester Tate, at right, speaking to the members of the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, Local 700. Union members shown in the photograph are, clockwise from left: Val Benavides, Fermin Estrada, William James, Art Romero, Joe Davis, Primo Cabello, Adam Squeglia, Art Lundren, Edna Richard, and John H. Bowen. The union, the Civil Rights Congress and other organizations waged a successful campaign to prevent Tate's extradition to Virginia. Tate's legal problems began in 1941, when he and four others were arrested and charged with the attempted robbery of a grocery store near Norfolk, Virginia. Tate was sentenced to a chain gang, but escaped in 1943 and moved to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, he changed his name from Albert Lindsay Gee to Lester Tate and became active in the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers union. In 1944, Tate was arrested in Los Angeles on a minor charge, and police learned he was wanted in Virginia on a fugitive warrant. In response to lobbying from civil libertarians and labor unions, California Gov. Earl Warren refused to sign the extradition papers.

Local identification number: scl-m0369

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0369~1; scl-mss064-0369~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Tate, Lester | International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. Local 700 | Labor unions--California--Los Angeles | African Americans--Civil rights--California--Los Angeles | Extradition--United States | United States, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 34.0522342, -118.2436849
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern California. Library | Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Original Material:

scl-m0000

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, 1880-1986

University of Southern California. Libraries

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