Sanitation Strike Exhibit – February 18 to 24 Edition

City Council Rejects Union Recognition Affirms Support for Mayor - Friday Feb 23, 1968 This afternoon, the Memphis city council rejected a recommendation from one of its committees that it grant formal recognition as well as an automatic payroll deduction of dues to the union representing the sanitation workers currently on strike. Further, the council passed a resolution stating that the mayor has full authority […]
Marchers Clash with Police - February 24, 1968 A group of marchers protesting in solidarity with striking sanitation workers met police resistance yesterday afternoon (Friday, February 23) in downtown Memphis. The march started at 3:45 PM with a route beginning from City Hall at Main and Poplar Avenue stretching to the Mason Temple located on Mason Street, located near E.H. Crump Boulevard and South Wellington Street. After starting peacefully, the marchers […]
Memphis Ministers Bring Sides to Table - February 19, 1968 City and labor representatives met last night to discuss the current sanitation worker strike at the behest of members of the Memphis Ministers Association’s Race Relations Committee. The association’s president, Rabbi James Wax, organized the meeting to help encourage communication between both parties. Unfortunately, despite holding talks all night, the meeting was […]
Strikers Hold Sit-In in City Hall - Feb 22, 1968 Earlier today around 700 striking sanitation workers, ministers, political activists, and labor representatives held a sit in on the floor of the city council chambers at city hall. The event saw members of the housing, building, and public works committee of the newly elected city council abandon the floor completely to the […]
This Week’s Profile: Fred Davis - February 5, 1968 Born in 1935 and raised in what he described as a split family in the ghetto, Fred Davis would go on to become one of the first black Memphis City Council members. Davis’ youth was spent memorizing bible verses with his mother, working as a farm laborer on cotton fields surrounding Memphis, […]