Detroit Working History

Not just cars, but history was also made in Detroit!

Detroit Working History

Detroit, Michigan 48202, United States

Created By: MLHS

Tour Information

For over a century, Detroit workers have found their voice and roared. Historic moments that have endured and prove the power of coming together. Visit the where teen girls sat down at Woolworth's to demand dignity and a fair wage or murals where the dignity of work is preserved for all time.


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What You'll See on the Tour

1
UAW West Side Local 174 Mural, Walter P. Reuther Library

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2
Diego Rivera Murals at Detroit Institute of the Arts

Famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera created 27 frescoes surrounding a courtyard in the Detroit Institute of the Carts.  They depict workers in the Ford Rouge auto plant as well as advances in varous scientific areas.
3
UAW Solidarity House

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4
Cadillac Square rally

More than 100,000 union supporters gathered in this downtown plaza in 1937 to support workers conducting a wave of sit-down strikes in factories, shops, hotels and restaurants.
5
Detroit Historical Museum

The "Motor City" section of this museum includes displays about the auto industry as well as exhibits on the making of the automobile, including a body drop from the assembly line at the old General Motors Clark Street plant.
6
Ford Highland Park Plant

The assembly line was born here in 1913, producing Ford Model-T cars, cutting production time from 728 to 93 minutes per vehicle. This is where thousands of job seekers lined up after Ford announced a $5 a day wage (with conditions). It is ... Read more
7
Hazen S. Pingree Monument

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8
Central United Methodist Church

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9
WoolWorth Strike

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10
GM Flint Sit Down Strike

Click here to view a video on this history At 8 p.m. on December 30, 1936, autoworkers occupied the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan, by sitting down. The autoworkers were striking to win recognition of the Uni... Read more

 

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