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In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise

 
 
In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 12, 2008
1. In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise Marker
Inscription. In memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise, who gave their lives on Bloody Thursday, July 5, 1934, so that all working people might enjoy a greater measure of dignity and security.

Sperry and Bordoise were fatally shot by San Francisco police at the intersection of Mission and Steuart Streets, when longshoremen and seamen attempted to stop maritime employers from breaking joint strike. Community outrage at these killings sparked a general strike by all San Francisco unions.

The maritime strike continued through the middle of summer, concluding with a union victory which brought decent conditions to the shipping industry and set the stage for the birth of a strong and democratic labor movement on the west coast.

"An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"
 
Location. 37° 47.602′ N, 122° 23.593′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Steuart Street near Mission Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Audiffred Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Getting Around (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 12, 2008
2. In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise Marker - Wide View
The marker is mounted on the wall of the Hotel Vitale. This view, taken looking across the intersection of Mission and Steuart Streets, shows the Hotel Vitale, with an ILWU mural-scuplture visible on the corner, with the marker being just a few steps to the left of the marker (mostly obscured by the pole holding the Mission Street sign).
line); Splendid Survivor (about 400 feet away); The Big Strike (about 500 feet away); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Splendid Survivor (about 700 feet away); Signs of History (about 700 feet away); Freeway Supports (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. 'Bloody Thursday' Leaves SF Bitter Tase of Civil War: 2 Dead, Many Hurt. The San Francisco Daily News article of July 6, 1934, describing the strike and the violence that surrounded it: "Bloodshed—the worst in the history of modern industrial wars–streaked in crimson the day-long onslaught of 1000 police against some 5000 marine strikers and their sympathizers." (Submitted on January 3, 2010.) 

2. Longshore union remembers pivotal 1934 strike. The San Francisco Chronicle's July 6, 2008 article on strike and the ILWU's related commemorative events. (Submitted on January 3, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
ILWU Mural-Sculpture Honoring Bloody Thursday image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 12, 2008
3. ILWU Mural-Sculpture Honoring Bloody Thursday
Painted in 1985 by an artist's collective, this mural-sculpture was placed by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union near the Sperry and Bordoise Memorial (which consisted of the pictured plaque, mounted on a stone monument). When the Hotel Vitale was built in 2004, the sculpture and plaque were moved a short distance and re-erected, with the plaque now mounted on the wall of the hotel.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,316 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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