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Near Charleston in Mississippi County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939

Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of 1939

 
 
Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, October 4, 2014
1. Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker
Inscription. Rev. Owen Whitfield with the support of local landowner, Mr. Thad Snow, and 1500 black and white sharecroppers camped here in harsh January weather several days in 1939 to protest the plight of Boot Heel sharecroppers. The event received national attention. Owen and Zella Whitfield met with Pres. Roosevelt and ultimately received his support for the cause. This community has dedicated January 10 as Thad Snow - Owen Whitfield Day.
 
Location. 36° 55.32′ N, 89° 16.249′ W. Marker is near Charleston, Missouri, in Mississippi County. Marker is on U.S. 60, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston MO 63834, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mississippi County (approx. 1.8 miles away); York the Slave (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); Duncan Cannon (approx. 7.8 miles away in Illinois); The Beginning of the Third Principal Meridian (approx. 7.9 miles away in Illinois); The Ohio River Bridge (approx. 8 miles away in Illinois); Cairo, Illinois (approx. 8.1 miles away in Illinois); Lewis & Clark (approx. 8.1 miles away in Illinois); Historical Survey Marker (approx. 8.1 miles away in Illinois).
 
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Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of January 1939 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, October 4, 2014
2. Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of January 1939

1. January 1939 The people out on the road. Excellent historic photographs and the story of the strike which was composed of many poor families and individuals. They also depict the harsh living conditions during this historic struggle. (Submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

2. Out Yonder on the Road": Working Class Self-Representation and the 1939 Roadside Demonstration in So. Site with photos as well as an in-depth article of the 1939 strike. (Submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

3. Owen-Zella Whitfield Foundation. The Owen–Zella Whitfield Foundation is a nonprofit foundation serving the State of Missouri and Illinois primarily, and all territories of the United States. The 1939 Eviction Protest affected more than 900.000 sharecroppers nationally. (Submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

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5. Thad Snow Papers. This is a PDF link to The State Historical Society of Missouri on Thad Snow. Very little information can be found about him other than book reviews. This PDF gives a good account of his life. (Submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 

6. Owen Whitfield. Website with pictures of Owen Whitfield and details on his life. (Submitted on September 19, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2018-Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Leah Tibbs, August 26, 2018
3. 2018-Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker
How the site looks as of 2018 much has grown.
 
 
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Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, August 26, 2018
4. Site of the Sharecroppers Strike of 1939 Marker
Another view showing how the site has grown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on September 18, 2018, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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