Today in Labor History

Labor history is OUR history

September 14, 1929


During the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, North Carolina, National Textile Workers Union members driving back from a meeting are ambushed by a group of armed men.  Organizer Ella Mae Wiggins was shot in the chest and died; five mill employees were arrested, but acquitted of her murder, despite there being 50 witnesses who saw it all in broad daylight.  [Photo:  Wiggins’ children stand beside their mother’s grave on the day of her funeral.]


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