6:53 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Historical Marker to Recognize R.J. Reynolds Local 22

R.J. Reynolds workers
Credit Local 22 Committee

  A new historical marker will be erected Saturday in Winston-Salem to recognize Local 22, a union that formed at R-J Reynolds in the 1940's.  In 1943, African American leaf workers initiated a sit-down strike at R-J Reynolds over worker concerns for health and safety.  The commemoration activities will begin at noon with a panel discussion at First Calvary Baptist Church.  Participants will then march to the tobacco district's historical marker site at the corner of Fourth St. and Martin Luther King Drive.

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