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Labor History Walk

At the starting site are two monuments — one of the founding of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, perhaps the first labor union in the US, in 1863. The other commemorates 1847 Crosswhite Incident in which townspeople protected an escaped slave and his family from agents of their former owner.

“The Crosswhites were not only working people,” notes tour guide John La Pietra. “They were refugees from economic and human-rights abuses, pursued by powerful economic interests that had the law nominally on their side — but given sanctuary by the people of the town.”

The walk will proceed to and through downtown, passing the Marshall Area Farmers’ Market and the Marshall Peace Park, before ending at the place where the union founder’s home now stands at 633 West Hanover Street.

The walk is also a Facebook event, at:

For more information email John LaPietra @ [email protected]

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