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Near Charleston in Mississippi County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939

Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of 1939

 
 
Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, October 4, 2014
1. Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker
Inscription.  
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 AmericansAgricultureCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list.
 
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); The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mary J. Safford
Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of January 1939 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, October 4, 2014
2. Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of January 1939
(approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); President Clinton Visits Cairo, Illinois (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); Seaman (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); York the Slave (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); Duncan Cannon (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); The Beginning of the Third Principal Meridian (approx. 7.9 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.) 
 
2018-Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Leah Tibbs, August 26, 2018
3. 2018-Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker
How the site looks as of 2018 much has grown.
Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, August 26, 2018
4. Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker
Another view showing how the site has grown.
	Rev. Owen Whitfield image. Click for full size.
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5. Rev. Owen Whitfield
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 788 times since then and 18 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.
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