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Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Union Labor

 
 
Union Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Union Labor Marker
Inscription. Union labor helped build Paducah, including the flood wall on which this mural appears. Unions in construction, business, industry and government helped create a large middle class in Western KY especially after World War II. The region's earliest unions date to the 19th century. In 1892, the American Federation of Labor chartered the Paducah Central Labor Council, an association of local unions. The next year, the CLC, the ancestor of the Western KY Area Council, AFL-CIO, sponsored the city's first Labor Day Parade, which became the annual end-of-summer procession featured on this mural. It is one of the oldest Labor Day parades in the country and for several years was the official KY State AFL-CIO Labor Day celebration. W.C. Young, a national labor an civil rights leader, appears above the "I" on the banner along with other local labor leaders. The Area Council during the presidency of Glenn Dowdy approved the mural.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Working Men and Women of Western Kentucky Area Labor Council AFL/CIO and Affiliated International Unions.
 
Location. 37° 5.182′ N, 88° 35.578′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street south of Kentucky Avenue, on the left when
Labor Day Parade "Solidarity" image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Labor Day Parade "Solidarity"
We will be heard. Western Kentucky Area Council.
traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 S Water St, Paducah KY 42003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Baptist Hospital (here, next to this marker); A Century of Library Service 1904-2004 (here, next to this marker); Riverside Hospital at Fort Anderson (a few steps from this marker); Paducah Coca-Cola Bottling Company (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Marine Hospital Service (a few steps from this marker); "Evening Roll Call" (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Atomic City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dawn of the Atomic Age (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
 
Also see . . .  The Paducah Wall to Wall Floodwall Mural Projectt. Renowned artist Robert Dafford and his team of muralists capture Paducah’s rich history in paintings on the city’s floodwall overlooking the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. (Submitted on October 22, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicLabor Unions
 
Union Labor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. Union Labor Marker
Between Western Baptist Hospital and A Century of Library Service 1904-2004.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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