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R.J.R. Labor Strikes

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, October 15, 2016
1. R.J.R. Labor Strikes Marker
Inscription. The R.J.R. Factory 64 is one of the local sites where large labor strikes occurred. The first took place in 1943 after a factory worker died on the job. Several hundred female workers, primarily African-American, began an immediate strike that spread throughout most of Reynolds' factories, with the CIO-affiliated Local 22 serving as the employees' bargaining agent. A second strike took place in 1947. Subsequently, the company provided for wage increases, job security, vacations, and grievance procedures for workers. Some of the most prominent African-American women leaders in the strike included Viola Brown, Christine Gardner, Etta Hobson, Velma Hopkins, Ruby Jones, Theodosia Simpson, and Moranda Smith.
 
Erected 2014 by Winston-Salem Historic Marker Program.
 
Location. 36° 5.986′ N, 80° 14.272′ W. Marker is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is at the intersection of North Research Parkway and Power Plant Circle, on the left when traveling north on North Research Parkway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belews Street Neighborhood (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Depot Street Graded School Site
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By Michael C. Wilcox, October 15, 2016
2. R.J.R. Labor Strikes Marker
(approx. mile away); George Henry Black Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pythian Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lloyd Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Winston-Salem Rotary Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Honorable Willie Jones of Halifax (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Sit-In Victory In North Carolina (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winston-Salem.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommerceLabor Unions
 
R.J.R. Labor Strikes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, October 15, 2016
3. R.J.R. Labor Strikes Marker
 
 
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