- 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike
- Violence breaks out, Memphis, 1968
- Memphis Press-Scimitar
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- 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
- United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.14953, -90.04898
- black-and-white photographs
- Black-and-white photograph from March 28, 1968 taken by the Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. In the photograph, two African American young men run down the sidewalk, away from a white policeman in a gas mask. An African American young woman in the photograph appears to have just tripped as she two moves away from the officer.
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