Near Charleston in Mississippi County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939
Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of 1939
Rev. Owen Whitfield with the support of local landowner, Mr. Thad Snow, and 1500 black and white sharecroppers camped here in harsh January weather several days in 1939 to protest the plight of Boot Heel sharecroppers. The event received national attention. Owen and Zella Whitfield met with Pres. Roosevelt and ultimately received his support for the cause. This community has dedicated January 10 as Thad Snow - Owen Whitfield Day.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1500.
Location. 36° 55.32′ N, 89° 16.249′ W. Marker is near Charleston, Missouri, in Mississippi County. Marker is on U.S. 60, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston MO 63834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mississippi County (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mississippi County War Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Warren Eastman HearnesThe Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri (approx. 4.6 miles away); Riverlore (approx. 7.7 miles away in Illinois); The Cairo Public Library (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); Mary J. Safford (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); President Clinton Visits Cairo, Illinois (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . .
1. Thad Snow Papers. This is a PDF link to The State Historical Society of Missouri on Thad Snow. Very little information can be found about him other than book reviews. This PDF gives a good account of his life. (Submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. Owen Whitfield. Alchetron entry:
Website with pictures of Owen Whitfield and details on his life. (Submitted on September 19, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
3. The Whitfield Legacy. The Whitfield Foundation entry (Submitted on February 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,152 times since then and 185 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. 3, 4. submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. 5. submitted on February 12, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.