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Civil Rights Historic Marker Unveiling: The Hospital Workers' Strike
Tuesday, October 1st, 3pm
MUSC Basic Science Bldg
173 Ashley Avenue | Charleston

The Preservation Society of Charleston will unveil its final Modern Civil Rights era historic marker on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina Tuesday, October 1st at 3 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. The historic marker will be on display at Ashley Avenue near the Waring Library. Special Guest is Mary Moultrie, leader of the 1969 Hospital Strike.


Civil Rights Marches along city streets such as Ashley Avenue were a dramatic finale to the modern Civil Rights movement in Charleston, SC. On April 25, 1969 Medical University hospital workers led by local activist Mary Moultrie and other national leaders of the movement began a 113 day strike to end unequal pay and unfair treatment of African American nurses. The medical university rehired all strikers and established grievance procedures. The strike represents and important local victory for advocates of non-violent activism. 


In 2011, the Preservation Society placed “Civil Rights Era Sites” on its Seven to Save list. The Society enlisted an alliance of historians and preservationists, all committed to preserving and protecting African American history, to create a list of ten historic sites significant to the modern Civil Rights movement. With the help of this alliance and the greater community, the site of the Hospital Workers strike was selected for the final, permanent historic marker.


For more information please contact Aurora Harris, Community Outreach Manager at (843) 722-4630, aharris@preservationsociety.org.

Free | Open to the Public


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