Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

October 10, 1998 Dedication of the Coal Miners' Statue and Monument in City Park at Altus. Five granite memorials engraved with 500 names of area coal miners on each, with special homage given to those miners of District 21 in Franklin, Johnson, and Logan Counties who were killed in mining accidents. Focal point is a bronze statue of a miner. Ironically, Winthrop Paul Rockefeller was one of the speakers at the dedication honoring coal miners and the UMWA.

October 10, 1969 Lewis Johnson, President of the Arkansas Farmers Union, testifies before U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging about problems and needs of the elderly in rural Arkansas.

October 10, 1966 Members of Local No. 4, United Glass and Ceramic Workers Union join strike by Local No. 7, Window Glass Cutters League of America, without new contract at Harding Glass Company in Fort Smith.

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