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AFSCME. Local 1733 (Memphis, Tenn.)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 20th century (active)

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AFSCME Local 1733: Memphis, Tennessee Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001992
Abstract Sanitation workers in AFSCME Local 1733 in Memphis, Tennessee led a strike in 1968 to gain union recognition. The strike lasted for 65 days and garnered national attention as Local 1733's campaign for labor rights became fused with the struggle for civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lent his support to the strikers by visiting Memphis and leading marches. While there, on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated. The strike was settled soon after King's death. Local 1733 went on to wage other...