Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Commonwealth of Toil

 
 
Commonwealth of Toil: Longshoremen's Union Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 9, 2007
1. Commonwealth of Toil: Longshoremen's Union Marker
Inscription. Longshoremen’s Union. On this site in 1936, Cape Verdean and Portuguese dockworkers formed Locals 1413 and 1465 of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). Prior to organizing, these dockworkers were chosen daily, based only on their physical ability, and had none of the benefits, security, or decent wages that came with the union.
 
Erected by Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
 
Location. 41° 38.095′ N, 70° 55.27′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on Front Street near Union Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Whales to Bales (a few steps from this marker); From Whales to Flatfish and Scallops (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dartmouth (within shouting distance of this marker); Working Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whaling Capital (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Bedford.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyLabor Unions
 
Marker at the New Bedford State Pier image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 9, 2007
2. Marker at the New Bedford State Pier
Commonwealth of Toil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
3. Commonwealth of Toil Marker
View of marker with the New Bedford Ferry Terminal in the background. Note that the fence seen behind the marker in the 2007 picture is now missing in 2015.
Commonwealth of Toil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
4. Commonwealth of Toil Marker
View of the marker looking south along MacArthur Drive.
The New Bedford State pier image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 9, 2007
5. The New Bedford State pier
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,887 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   5. submitted on July 11, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement