Minneapolis Teamsters Strike: 75th anniversary


Four community events in Minneapolis will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike

Hennepin County Library, in partnership with the Minneapolis Labor Review, will present a program Thursday, July 23 and a walking tour Thursday, August 6. The July 23 program begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. A film about the strike will be followed by a presentation by William Millikan, author of A Union Against Unions, the definitive history of the strike. Other speakers will include Minnesota historian Mary Wingard and Brad Slawson, Jr., president of Teamsters Local 120

The August 6 walking tour leaves from the Central Library at 6:30 p.m. Dave Riehle will lead the tour, which will visit sites important to the 1934 strike. Walking distance: about 2 miles

Two independently-organized events take place July 25 and July 26

Saturday, July 25 is the date for the “One Day in July” street festival, featuring Minneapolis Hip Hop artist Brother Ali and other performers from 2:00-10:00 p.m. The festival site at 7th Ave. N. and 3rd St. N. is one block away from an intersection where Minneapolis police gunned down 67 strikers July 20, 1934. For more information, visit www.onedayinjuly.org

Sunday, July 26, Wabun Picnic Area at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis will be the site for a family picnic featuring historical displays, food, speakers, and music by folksinger Larry Long. Two of the speakers — David Sundeen and Linda Leighton — are grandchildren of 1934 strike leader Ray Dunne. The picnic will run from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the picnic, visit www.1934strike.wordpress.com

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