Sanitation Strike Exhibit – February 25 to March 2 Edition


City Plants Injunction on AFSCME Officials - February 25, 1968 The Chancery Court of Shelby County, Tennessee delivered an injunction yesterday against key members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor union associated as of late with the striking sanitation workers. Key AFSCME figures charged include T.O. Jones, president Jerry Wurf, P.J. Ciampa, William Lucy, Jesse Epps, […]
This Week’s Profile: Frank Holloman - Frank C. Holloman was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi and grew up in nearby Ruleville. After graduating from Ruleville High School in 1932, Holloman attended the University of Mississippi, where he earned a law degree in 1937. Later that year he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, and he served with […]
Strikers Receive Assistance From Many Avenues - March 1, 1968 “It’s tough now,” said Charley Martin, a striking sanitation worker. “I’ve got six kids and they need food.” Martin’s words are representative of many of his peers. Sanitation workers received their last check on February 20, but it was much lower than normal as the strike started in the middle of a […]
Martin Luther King Jr. Invited to Memphis - March 2, 1968 Rev. James Lawson, chairman of the strategy committee for the group Community on the Move for Equality (COME), has extended an invitation to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Laureate and noted civil rights leader, to come to Memphis in support of the sanitation workers currently on strike. According to Rev. Lawson, […]
Downtown Boycott Hits Where It Hurts - March 2, 1968 An economic boycott by supporters of striking sanitation workers against major downtown businesses and businesses associated with prominent members of city government has stepped up in recent days. Originally announced on February 16th by Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the effort started slowly […]