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United States vs. Darby Lumber Company

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By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
1. United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker
Inscription. The U.S. Supreme Courtís 1941 decision United States vs Darby Lumber Co. is a landmark ruling in American legal history. The case affirmed the federal governmentís ability to regulate employment conditions, including a minimum wage, under the Interstate Commerce Clause.

The Darby Lumber Co., founded on this site it 1919 by Fred Darby, became one of the largest, most prosperous, and well-respected employers in Bulloch County. The federal government indicted Darby and several other lumber companies in 1939 for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Although local violations of the Act were not widespread, the U.S. Attorney General focused indictments on the southern lumber industry, because it often had challenged the legality of the Act.

For three years the lumber industry opposed the law in federal court. Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the FSLA in 1941, and the Darby Lumber Company agreed to abide by federal wage standards. Since 1941 federal courts often have cited the Darby ruling as a precedent in ruling on labor relations.
 
Erected by The Bulloch County Historical Society, supported by the Jack N. & Addie D. Averitt Foundation.
 
Location. 32° 26.283′ N, 81° 
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By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
2. United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker
46.85′ W. Marker is in Statesboro, Georgia, in Bulloch County. Marker is on South Zetterower Avenue 0 miles north of Max Lockwood Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker actually sits on the Willie McTell Trail which adjoins the sidewalk at this point. The paved trail leads to downtown Statesboro. Marker is in this post office area: Statesboro GA 30458, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W. Jones Lane Memorial Highway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pioneer Turpentining Experiment (approx. 0.7 miles away); Savannah & Statesboro Railway (approx. ĺ mile away); Statesboro Confederate Monument (approx. ĺ mile away); The March to the Sea (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bulloch County Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bulloch County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Marvin Summers Pittman (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Statesboro.
 
Additional keywords. U.S. Supreme Court ruling legal
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce
 
United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
3. United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker
United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
4. United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker
United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2014
5. United States vs. Darby Lumber Company Marker
The marker stands by the concrete, paved Willie McTell Trail which leads almost to downtown Statesboro. McTell, known as "Blind Willie" McTell, was a blues singer and guitarist born in Thomson, Georgia in 1898. He died in 1961. He is honored here for writing "Statesboro Blues," covered by the Allman Brothers Band among others. In Bob Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell" the refrain is "And I know, no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell." Dylan's song was covered by The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and Stephen Stills among many others.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 2, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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