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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).
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce
 
Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of January 1939 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, October 4, 2014
2. Historical Sharecroppers Demonstration of January 1939
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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