|Bloody Friday Remembered: Plaque Unveiling
Honors Victims of 1934 Trucker’s Strike
By Charlie Maguire, Director, Local 30/73
A large turnout estimated by this observer at over 200, filled a blocked-off area in front of the Sherwin Williams building at 701 North 3rd Street, in Minneapolis, on Saturday morning July 18th.
Union leaders, rank and file members, historians, and descendants of the original 1934 strikers gathered to unveil a porcelain sign mounted at eye-level to mark the spot where two men lost their lives, and 65 other men were wounded, “almost all shot in the back” according to an investigative commission appointed soon after the fracas by Minnesota Governor Floyd B. Olson.
Two months earlier in 1934, General Drivers Local 574 (now Teamsters Local 120) organized 3,000 people into the union. When employers refused to recognize the union, leaders called for a strike and trucking operations were stopped cold. Tensions already high by the “Great Depression” spilled over into violence on “Bloody Friday” and blood was spilled on the cobblestones still visible today under the asphalt on 3rd Street. The strike ended a month later after employers agreed to a plan put forth by federal mediators.
Remembrances included recognition and speeches by descendants holding family photo signs of their loved ones both men and women who were there on “Bloody Friday”, original songs, and food and soft drinks, rounded out a well organized and meaningful program.
The plaque which includes photographs and text, was spearheaded by “The Remember 1934 Committee, more can be learned at: https://www.facebook.com/Remember1934.