Tobacco Farmers Unite
Farmers throughout Western Ky. and northern Tn. gathered in Guthrie on Sept. 24, 1904, in response to the tobacco growers' economic hardship. Five thousand farmers participated in the formation of a cooperative to pool their crops in opposition to price-fixing by James Duke and the American Tobacco Co. Two more Guthrie rallies in 1905-06.
The Planters Protective Association advocated state & federal policies more responsive to farmers needs. On May 29, 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the American Tobacco Co. violated the Sherman Antitrust Act & directed James Duke to bust up his operation. Tobacco prices began to climb. The association was disbanded in 1914.
Erected 2009 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2294.)
Location. 36° 38.855′ N, 87° 9.925′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Kentucky, in Todd County. Marker is on Ewing Street. Touch for map. Located in a small vacant lot in downtown Guthrie. Marker is at or near this postal address: 280 Ewing St., Guthrie KY 42234, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Penn Warren (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stage Coach Inn
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2017, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2017, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.