Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This Date in Arkansas Labor History

December 26, 1945. Walter Ted Campbell, a member ofLocal No. 98, Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union of America (C. I. O.) on strike against the SouthernCotton Oil Company in Little Rock, was killed by Otha Williams, a white non-union scab who crossed the picket line at the plant on East Ninth Street.

Later, Otha Willams was acquitted of murder, but Roy Cole, Louis Jones, and Jesse Bean -- three black union members who had been on the picket line with Walter Campbell -- were convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to a year in prison for a
threat of the use of force or violence to prevent Otha Williams from engaging in a lawful vocation.

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