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2018 Labor Day Mobilization Lunch
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Members and friends of the Michigan Labor History Society are invited to attend the annual Labor Day Mobilization Luncheon on Wednesday, August 22, at IBEW Local 58 hall, 1358 Abbot St., Detroit. This year’s luncheon, as usual, will build support for the annual Labor Day Parade in Detroit on Monday, September 3rd.

For information and tickets, please call the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO at 313-961-0800 or the MLHS office at 313-577-4003.


Last year, ceremonies and a press conference were held at the site of a new park to be built near the Fort Street bridge at Fort and Oakwood in Detroit. The park will include memorial signage about the 1932 Ford Hunger March. Workers who participated in that march gathered at the Fort Street bridge before marching to the Ford Rouge plant, where five people were killed by bullets fired by Ford security agents. The park development is being coordinated by the Motor Cities National Automobile Heritage Area, an affiliate of the U.S. National Parks Service.


"What a great event. I learned so much. All the anecdotal stores were terrific"
"Thank you for a great and informative tour."

Those are among the comments we received from guests on Michigan Labor History Society Bus Tours.

The tours, which have been given to more than 2,000 people over the past five years, visit the sites of the Battle of the Overpass at the Ford Rouge plant, the 1932 Ford Hunger March, the old Model T-Plex/Studebaker plant, Grand Circus Park, the Woolworth's 1937 sit-down strike, Cadillac Square, and the Labor Legacy Landmark and Underground Railroad monument at Hart Plaza. They also stop in front of the Motown Museum for a brief history of the Detroit Federation of Musicians.

Tours have been given for delegates to the North American Labor History Conference, for the Wayne State University Labor School, for members of the clerical workers’ union at Michigan State University, and many other groups, including the board of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, UAW education representatives students from the University of Richmond, Virginia, delegates to the United Association for Labor Education convention, and other groups. The New York Times has requested a tour for its student "From Washington to Detroit" tour, and we are providing self-guided tour brochures for delegates to the UAW and Letter Carriers’ conventions this year in Detroit.

With a half-dozen trained guides on hand, MLHS can offer bus or walking tours to other interested groups. There is no charge for our services, but groups must provide their own transportation for bus tours. To book a tour, please call the MLHS office at 313-577-4003.


"Transcending," the Labor Legacy Landmark at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, continues to be a popular site for visitors to Detroit, where they can view sculptures and quotations related to events in labor and civil-rights history. Nearby, on the riverfront, is the Underground Railroad Monument, commemorating the thousands of escaped slaves who crossed the Detroit River to freedom in Canada.

To the east of "Transcending" is a wall of honor bearing the names of individuals and organizations who have contributed funds for building and maintaining "Transcending." For a one hundred dollar donation, names can be added to the wall of honor. To arrange for a name to be added, please write to the Michigan Labor History Society, 5401 Cass, Detroit MI 48202, or telephone 313-577-4003, to request a form for adding a name to the wall.

Last edited: Thursday, August 16, 2018

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