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Commemoration of 1934 strike continues through July
Jul 12, 2024
The culminating event of the commemoration will be the picnic on Saturday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wabun picnic area of Minnehaha Park. This event will feature food, speakers, entertainment, children’s games and a display of 1934 memorabilia. Connections will be drawn between past and present labor struggles by speakers involved in present-day organizing and contract fights.
A more somber note will be struck on Saturday, July 20 when a wreath will be laid in the warehouse district to commemorate Bloody Friday, the day when 67 unarmed strikers were gunned down and two died at the hands of police during tumultuous street battles as strikers tried to keep trucks from running their blockade.
The event will occur at 4 pm. at 701 N. Third St. where a plaque marks the site of one of the clashes.
John J. Hanson (son of 1934 “Strike Committee of 100” member) will speak on the night before the picnic at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. It will include a film screening and a presentation on the historical timeline of the strike. The Friday, July 26 event is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A new addition to the commemoration schedule will offer a bicycle tour of 1934 strike sites. The 90-minute easy-paced tour will begin at 3 p.m. on July 28 at 1900 Chicago Ave. S., the site of a strike headquarters, and end at the site of the plaque in the North Loop. The event is a fundraiser for Socialist Alternative.
Meanwhile, an eight-artist exhibit entitled 1934 & Now, Connections of the Minneapolis Truckers’ Strike of 1934, which opened June 3, runs through Sunday, July 28 at the Cargill gallery of the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.
For more info, go to “Remember 1934” on Facebook.

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