Today in Labor History – January 25th

Nan Freeman

Nan Freeman

Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights convention. – 1851

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) was founded in Toledo, Ohio as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ International Association. – 1888

200 miners were killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County. Many of the dead lay entombed in the sealed mine to this day. – 1904

16,000 textile workers went on strike in Passaic, New Jersey. – 1926

18-year old Nan Freeman, a college student who responded to appeals for help by striking farm workers at the Talisman Sugar plant near Belle Glade, Florida, was struck and killed by a double trailer truck driven by a scab driver. Pickets had complained to the police about scab drivers speeding by the picket lines through stop signs at the plant gates to splash rain and mud on the striking workers. – 1972

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