Today in Labor History – January 25th

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

[bctt tweet=”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.” username=”VoicesOfLabor”] 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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