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Derry Township near Hershey in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike

 
 
Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
1. Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike Marker
Inscription.  Hershey's Chocolate Workers Local 1 (CIO) responded to a labor-management impasse on April 2, 1937 by initiating the first sit-down strike in Pennsylvania and in the confectionery industry. The strike was ended by strike-breaking violence and government mediation. The union lost two subsequent representative elections. In 1939 workers affiliated with the Bakery & Confectionery Workers Local 464 (AFL).
 
Erected 2005 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Labor Unions. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1905.
 
Location. 40° 17.084′ N, 76° 38.958′ W. Marker is near Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. It is in Derry Township. Marker is at the intersection of Cocoa Avenue and Caracas Ave., on the right when traveling south on Cocoa Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Cocoa Ave, Hershey PA 17033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hershey (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line);
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Pennsylvania State Police (approx. 0.3 miles away); Milton S. Hershey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilt Chamberlain's Scoring Record (approx. half a mile away); Derry Session House and Enclosure (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Hershey (approx. half a mile away); Derry Churchyard (approx. half a mile away); Derry Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hershey.
 
Also see . . .  Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Chocolate Workers Local 464 AFL-CIO image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
2. Chocolate Workers Local 464 AFL-CIO
Marker is near the union hall parking lot.
Hershey Theater Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
3. Hershey Theater Building
This building is across the street from the marker. It is one of many buildings provided to the workers by Milton Hershey.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,556 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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