Sanitation Strike Exhibit – February 3 to 10 Edition

New York Strike Ends! – State Takes Control of Sanitation Department - Feb 10, 1968 What started as a contract dispute many months ago has morphed into a public health emergency. Since the Sanitationmen’s strike began nine days ago, approximately 100,000 tons of refuse has collected on New York City streets. This scene has been the backdrop for no shortage of political sparring and legal proceedings that […]
This Week’s Profile: T.O. Jones - Thomas Oliver Jones, known as T.O. to those who worked with him, was the president of local 1733 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) during the sanitation workers strike of 1968. Hired on by public works in 1958, T.O. worked as a garbage man in the sanitation division. In 1963, […]
Two Sanitation Workers Killed - If it were possible to point to any one event that sparked the 1968 strike, it would probably be the deaths of two sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker. On a rainy first of February, both men took shelter inside the back of an old model garbage truck. Newly elected mayor Henry Loeb had purchased the truck when he was public works […]
What Else Was Going On In Memphis? Music News in Early February 1968 - We share these events in order to provide a better understanding of the time frame of the Memphis Sanitation Strike. Arrival of a New Presley On February 1, Elvis and Priscilla Presley became parents to a new child, a daughter named Lisa Marie. She was born at Baptist Hospital on Union Avenue at 5:01 PM, […]