Historical Center marks Little Steel Strike anniversary

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Youngstown 1937 Little Steel Strike with two events on Tuesday, June 19.

From 9 a.m. to noon, Dan Rivers of 570 WKBN will broadcast live from the museum at 151 W. Wood St. Listeners will be able to call in and speak with historians about the Little Steel Strike.

From 2 to 4 p.m., the museum will host the opening of a new travelling exhibit, “Forged in Battle: Remembering the 1937 Little Steel Strike.” The exhibit, created by Youngstown State University students, focuses on the events leading up to the Little Steel Strike, the strike itself and its aftermath. The exhibit was funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

One of the pivotal events in the history of American labor, the Little Steel Strike began in May 1937. The so-called Little Steel companies included the Republic Steel Corp. and the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., both of which had significant operations in the Mahoning Valley. The strike was an attempt to gain recognition by the newly formed Steel Workers Organizing Committee and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The strike, which was effectively over by July 25, was marked with violence, including the “Memorial Day” Massacre in Chicago as well as the “Battle of Youngstown.” While the strike failed, the Little Steel companie recognized the United Steelworkers of America as sole bargaining agent in 1942.

Admission to the museum on June 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. is free. For more information, call 330-941-1314.

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