Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Hunger March
Labor's Historic Confrontation
Thousands of unemployed auto workers and union organizers gathered
in bitter cold on March 7, 1932 near the Fort Street Bridge, in the despair of the Great Depression. They intended to march to the Ford Rouge Plant, to present to Henry Ford a list of demands for jobs and better working conditions. Before they could get there, the marchers were confronted by Dearborn police and Ford security with teargas and firehoses. Marchers responded by throwing rocks, and violence escalated to gunfire by the police which killed five of the hunger marchers. Days later, thousands of people joined the funeral procession to nearby Woodmere Cemetery. The tragedy of the 1932 Hunger March helped spark the success of organized labor in America, and the United Auto Workers union was formed in 1935.
You Auto Know
In early 1932, Detroit's unemployment rate was over 50%. Thousands of Ford workers were laid off as Model A production ended.
Erected 2019 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Labor Unions • Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 7, 1932.
Location. 42° 18.137′ N, 83° 8.832′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Dix Avenue and Ferney Street, on the left when traveling north on Dix Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10550 Dix Avenue, Dearborn MI 48120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ford Hunger March (here, next to this marker); UAW Local 600 (a few steps from this marker); Shipbuilding Traditions (approx. 0.3 miles away); Model A (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ford Negotiating Team (approx. 0.6 miles away); Miller Road Overpass (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ford Model A (approx. 0.6 miles away); United Auto Workers (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Also see . . . Ford Hunger March. Wikipedia article about the Ford Hunger March. (Submitted on July 9, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 9, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.