Labor Strikes (1880)

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In 1880, former slaves demanding better wages launched the first labor strike in Louisiana. After the strike was over, an interesting article appeared in the March 27, 1880, issue of the St. Charles Herald which read, “One of the most pleasing incidents of the late strike troubles was the presentation by the ladies of our modest town of Hahnville to Col. LeGardeur, Major William A. Strong and Major Bourg, of the Louisiana Field Artillery, while on duty here, of magnificent bouquets, gathered by their own fair hands. This signified peace, plenty and the spanning of the firmament with the rainbow of Flora …”

This text is copyright © material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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