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Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians

 
 
Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 23, 2012
1. Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker
Immediately after its unveiling.
Inscription. Organized in 1908, this local was one of the first African American musicians unions in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was at the forefront of the jazz world in the mid-20th century, and jazz greats Mary Lou Williams, Art Blakey, Ray Brown, and George Benson, among others, were members. A controversial merger with the white union local in the 1960s ended one of the oldest black union organizations in the U.S. Headquarters was nearby, 1940-1954.
 
Erected 2012 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 26.586′ N, 79° 59.244′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and Webster Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Crawford Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Pittsburgh's Hill District directly above the former Civic Arena site. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Bell Speaks" (approx. 0.2 miles away); August Wilson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Le Magnifique (approx. mile away); Epiphany Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Muslim Mosque of Pittsburgh
Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 23, 2012
2. Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker
Immediately after the unveiling at the dedication events.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Merchants Savings & Trust Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Strike Ignites the Nation! (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Also see . . .
1. The African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh. Official Website (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Mary Lou Williams at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Art Blakey at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
4. Ray Matthews Brown at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainmentLabor Unions
 
Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 23, 2012
3. Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker
Dedication ceremony
Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 23, 2012
4. Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker
The unveiling of the marker by Lynn (Austin) Scott, daughter of former President Charles "Chuck" Austin.
Lynn (Austin) Scott image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 23, 2012
5. Lynn (Austin) Scott
Daughter of former Local 471 President Charles "Chuck" Scott delivers a speech at the dedication ceremony on June 23, 2012.
Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker Dedication image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 23, 2012
6. Union Local 471 American Federation of Musicians Marker Dedication
Pennsylvania's First Lady Susan Corbett says a few words concerning the marker and the Musicians Union.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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