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Honea Path in Anderson County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

They Died for the Rights of the Working Man

 
 
They Died for the Rights of the Working Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 4, 2011
1. They Died for the Rights of the Working Man Marker
Inscription.
These men were killed in Honea Path on September 6, 1934 in the General Textile Strike. This monument is dedicated to their memory, to their families and to all workers.
Claude Cannon, E.M. Knight
Lee Crawford, Maxie Peterson
Ira Davis, C.L. Rucker
Thomas Yarborough

 
Erected 1995.
 
Location. 34° 26.667′ N, 82° 23.633′ W. Marker is in Honea Path, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker is on Ervin Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honea Path SC 29654, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Honea Path Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); David Greer, Sr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Honea Path (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chiquola Baptist Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Story of the Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chiquola Mill Monument (approx. half a mile away); Southside Baptist Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Broadmouth Baptist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Barkers Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Honea Path.
 
Also see . . .
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By Brian Scott, March 4, 2011
2. They Died for the Rights of the Working Man Marker

1. Chiquola Mill Shootings: The 75th Anniversary. Seventy-five years ago—on September 6, 1934—seven workers were shot and killed and 30 others wounded at the Chiquola Mill in my hometown of Honea Path, South Carolina. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Seventy-five Years Later, the Chiquola Incident in Honea Path Still Significant. The Chiquola Mill in Honea Path, now abandoned, is a shell whose prized hardwood floors and wooden roof beams are gone, leaving the place open to the rain, the sun and the years. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Honea Path
The curiously double name of Honea (Ind., path) Path, 67.6 m. (810 alt., 2,740 pop.), was adopted when as many whites as Indians frequented this section. Another version is that Honea was the name of a family who lived there. At Honea Path in the late summer of 1934 occurred a mill riot that grew out of a Nation-wide textile strike. All South Carolina mills did not close on the zero hour, and "flying squadrons" of strikers and union sympathizers paid quick visits to mills that continued to operate. As a rule the squadrons were orderly, engaging in demonstrations to persuade the mill hands to strike; but minor
They Died for the Rights of the Working Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 4, 2011
3. They Died for the Rights of the Working Man Marker
injuries to their opponents kept them before the public eye. When arbitration failed, Governor Ibra C. Blackwood called out the National Guard. About 700 guardsmen were stationed in the Greenville area, and 600 citizens were deputized in Anderson to assist in preserving order. On September 6 a flying squadron visited Honea Path, to be met by a group of deputies and excited townsmen. Arguments grew into fist fights and gunplay, in which six strikers were slain and a seventh mortally wounded. At the same time a man was killed by a deputy in the Greenville area, and from Greenville and Pickens Counties came requests for the application of martial law. The governor issued a proclamation against flying squadrons, and the Honea Path Mill, for whose closing seven pickets had died on Thursday, opened the next Monday, protected by soldiers with machine guns. After the National Guard had been on duty for about a month, most of the strikers throughout the region decided to go back to work. (Source: South Carolina: A Guide to the Palmetto State by Federal Writers Project pg 420.)
    — Submitted March 28, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Labor Unions
 
Dogwood Park from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 4, 2011
4. Dogwood Park from the Marker
Dogwood Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 4, 2011
5. Dogwood Park Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 881 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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