Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Walter Reuther 1907-1970
Walter Reuther was a skilled die maker in Ford auto plants. Following a family heritage of labor and political activism, he joined the young United Auto Workers (UAW) in 1936 and quickly emerged as a leader. He gained national attention in May 1937 when Ford security agents attacked him and other UAW workers handing out leaflets on an overpass near the Rouge factory.
Union members elected Reuther their president in 1946. He held that post until his death. During his tenure, autoworkers made economic gains and obtained greater job security, paid vacations, medical insurance and pensions. An early proponent of universal health care, Reuther also supported civil rights and environmental movements.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Walk of Fame marker series.
Location. 42° 44.143′ N, 84° 33.119′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is on North Washington Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 North Washington Square, Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elijah McCoy 1843-1929 (a few steps from this marker); William Crapo “Billy” Durant 1861-1947 (a few steps from this marker); Muzyad Yahkoob “Danny Thomas” 1914-1991 (a few steps from this marker); Gordie Howe b. 1928 (within shouting distance of this marker); Eero Saarinen 1910-1961 (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonas Salk 1914-1995 (within shouting distance of this marker); Drs. Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joe Louis Barrow 1914-1981 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Also see . . . Walter Reuther - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 28, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
Categories. • Labor Unions • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on May 26, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A wide shot of the marker and its surroundings. • Can you help?