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Cigar Factory / “We Shall Overcome”

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2013
1. Cigar Factory Marker
Inscription.
Cigar Factory
This five-story commercial building, built in 1882 as a textile mill, was known as the Charleston Manufacturing Company, then Charleston Cotton Mills, in its early years. Leased to the American Tobacco Company in 1903, the plant was sold to that company in 1912. Popularly called “the Cigar Factory,” it produced cigars such as Cremo and Roi~Tan until it closed in 1973. The Cigar Factory was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

“We Shall Overcome”
By the end of World War II the factory employed 1,400 workers, 900 of them black women. In October 1945, 1,200 workers walked out over discrimination and low wages. Strikers sang the gospel hymn “Iíll Overcome Someday.” Later revised as “We Shall Overcome,” it would become the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. The strike ended in March 1946 with a settlement giving workers raises and promising better treatment.

 
Erected 2013 by Preservation Society of Charleston. (Marker Number 10 77.)
 
Location. 32° 47.813′ N, 79° 56.082′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Drake Street
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By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2013
2. “We Shall Overcome” Marker
and Columbus Street, on the right when traveling north on Drake Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hampstead Cemetery (approx. ľ mile away); The John N. Tidemann House (approx. 0.4 miles away); 28 Chapel Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley (approx. half a mile away); Camden Depot (approx. half a mile away); The Charleston Museum's Joseph Manigault House (approx. half a mile away); Building a Nation (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Railroad Comes To Charleston (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
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3. Cigar Factory Marker in Charleston
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4. “We Shall Overcome” Marker in Charleston
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By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2013
5. The Cigar Factory
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By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2013
6. Cigar Factory
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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