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On Strike

ID Number: 138
Maker: Frank Cieciorka; Mississippi Freedom Labor Union
Technique: lithograph
Date Made: circa 1965
Place Made: United States: Mississippi
Measurements: 89 cm x 57 cm; 35 1/16 in x 22 7/16 in
Main Subject: Labor; African Americans
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
On Strike MFLU Mississippi Freedom Labor Union

Acquisition Number: 1993-087

In an effort to organize African American sharecroppers in Mississippi, the Mississippi Freedom Labor Union (MFLU) was formed by the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches, the Freedom Democratic Party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and others from the Civil Rights Movement. Inspired by the success of the striking farm workers in California, sharecroppers organized a strike on some plantations in 1965-1966. The union did not win the strike and dissolved.

Production Notes: According to Bill Chandler, organizer with the UFW, (CW met in 1995 at opening of CSPG's UFW exhibition), this poster was one of a pair by the same artist. The companion piece featured a woman. credits Frank Cieciorka as the artist

Copyright Status:
Probably public domain.

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