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Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lansing's Labor Holiday

The UAW Takes Action

 

—They took it to the streets on June 7, 1937 —

 
Lansing's Labor Holiday Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, May 30, 2017
1. Lansing's Labor Holiday Marker
Inscription. Following Flint's example, Lansing Amalgamated United Auto Workers Local 182 concluded a successful sit-down strike at Reo in April 1937. A subsequent effort to organize Capital City Wrecking Company resulted in the firing of workers, picket lines and an injunction. When union president Lester Washburn ignored the injunction, Sheriff Allan MacDonald came to arrest him at 2:00 A.M. Washburn wasn't home, so the sheriff arrested his wife and took her to jail, leaving their three children with a neighbor girl. When morning came, 2,000-5,000 people took to the streets in support of the union.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 44.023′ N, 84° 33.017′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is at the intersection of East Michigan Avenue and N. Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Michigan Avenue. Touch for map. Located in the west side of the Michigan Ave. bridge over the Grand River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 BlockEast Michigan Avenue, N side., Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Lansing's Labor Holiday Marker and environs. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 1, 2017
2. Lansing's Labor Holiday Marker and environs.
walking distance of this marker. Kerns Hotel Fire / Box 23 Club (a few steps from this marker); George E. Palmer / Old Newsboys (within shouting distance of this marker); Fannie Richards 1840-1922 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stevie Wonder b. 1950 (about 600 feet away); Herbert Henry Dow 1866-1930 (about 600 feet away); Joe Louis Barrow 1914-1981 (about 600 feet away); Helen Thomas B. 1920 (about 600 feet away); Lansing's First Capitol Building / Lansing Becomes the Capital City (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
Additional keywords. MotorCities National Heritage Area
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLabor UnionsNotable Events
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Last updated on June 7, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. Photos:   1. submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.   2. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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