1929 Marion Labor Strike Scrapbook
Table of Contents
- UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
- 1929 Marion Labor Strike Scrapbook
- Date [bulk]
- Bulk, 1929
- Date [inclusive]
- 2.0 Linear feet
- Located in Special Collections, Row 4, Shelf 5
[Identification of item] 1929 Marion Labor Strike Scrapbook, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 28804
In 1929, textile mill strikes broke out across the American South as workers spoke out against low pay, poor working conditions, and general mistreatment by employers. Strikes occurred in Elizabethton, TN, Greenville, SC, and Gastonia, NC. In May 1929 workers at the Marion Manufacturing plant in Marion, NC, began to organize after they were ordered to work additional time without pay. Tensions escalated, and on October 2, 1929, a conflict erupted between strikers and law enforcement officials that resulted in the deaths of six mill workers. Dozens of other workers were wounded. The event made front page news across the United States. This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings from 1929 that document the events leading to and after the October deaths.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a blue spiral bound notebook containing newspaper clippings collected by Ruth Greenlee of Marion, North Carolina. Approximately 2 inches thick, the notebook contains pages with newspaper clippings glued onto pages. The majority of the clippings document the strike at the Marion Manufacturing Company in the summer of 1929.
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University ArchivesRamsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law
Donated by Michael Blakenship, Fall 2013.
Processed by Gene Hyde, Fall 2013.
The Thad Eckard Labor Relations Collection (M2011-09) includes materials on southern mill workers and the 1929 Marion strike