- 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike
- Memphis sanitation workers outside Clayborn Temple, 1968
- Memphis press scimitar
Reid, James R.
- Date of Original:
- Sanitation Workers Strike, Memphis, Tenn., 1968
Strikes and lockouts--Tennessee--Memphis
Civil rights movements--Tennessee--Memphis
Civil rights--African Americans--Tennessee--Memphis
Civil rights demonstrations--Tennessee--Memphis
Memphis (Tenn.)--Race relations
Strikes and lockouts--Sanitation--Tennessee--Memphis
Strikes and lockouts--Refuse collectors--Tennessee--Memphis
African American men--Tennessee--Memphis
African American civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis
Civil rights workers--Tennessee--Memphis
African American churches--Tennessee--Memphis
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Signs and signboards--Tennessee--Memphis
- United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.14953, -90.04898
- black-and-white photographs
- Black-and-white photograph from March 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, African American men stand outside Clayborn Temple, an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church in Memphis. The signs have the slogans "I am a man." The men were gathered in support of striking sanitation workers.
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.
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- Original Collection:
- 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, PS 90012, University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections, Memphis, Tennessee
- Contributing Institution:
- University of Memphis. Libraries. Special Collections Department