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San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

In Memory of Bloody Thursday

 
 
Bloody Thursday Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 5, 2020
1. Bloody Thursday Marker
Inscription.  
Prior to 1934 the Pepper Tree Saloon was one of many places where longshoremen and seamen were hired along the shore.

In that year, the first successful general strike in the United States was prompted to eliminate bad working conditions and wages.

Harry R. Bridges was elected Chairman of the Joint West Coast Maritime Strike Committee and later served forty years as president of the Longshore Union.

Six workers were killed during the struggle up and down the coast. Thus, July 5, 1934, became known as "Bloody Thursday" and each year work ceases on the Pacific Coast in memory of the martyrs of the Big Strike.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLabor Unions. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1934.
 
Location. 33° 44.311′ N, 118° 16.815′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and 6th Street, on the right when traveling south on Harbor Boulevard. Located in Pepper Tree Plaza Park near the historic San Pedro Municipal
Bloody Thursday Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 5, 2020
2. Bloody Thursday Marker
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Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro CA 90731, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Pedro Municipal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (about 300 feet away); World War II Memorial: Propeller from Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Canberra CA-70/CAG-2 (about 400 feet away); U.S.S. Los Angeles (about 400 feet away); Anna Lee Fisher - Astronaut (about 400 feet away); Municipal Ferry Building (about 400 feet away); Harry Bridges Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. — First Blood, and Harry Bridges Memorial.
 
Bloody Thursday Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 5, 2020
3. Bloody Thursday Marker
San Pedro Municipal Building - Built 1928 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 5, 2020
4. San Pedro Municipal Building - Built 1928
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2020. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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