The Political Agitator’s response: This is good right here. I am glad to see this council react to this wrong that was done years ago and although some may not be living to rceive it atleast the families will receive it.
The Rocky Mount City Council on Monday is scheduled to financially compensate sanitation workers who were fired but reinstated after having gone on strike in 1978.
A copy of the agenda of the council’s 4 p.m. regular meeting includes a resolution to provide an honorary restitution of $1,000 to each former employee and to each of the families of deceased former employees. (Read more)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 7, 2019
Marker unveiling and documentary honor Sanitation Worker Strike of 1978
Rocky Mount, N.C. – The 1978 Sanitation Workers Strike was memorialized earlier today, Saturday, Sept. 7 at the BTW Community Center in the city of Rocky Mount with an historical highway marker commemorating the time from July 10 to Sept. 25, 1978 when Rocky Mount city sanitation workers led a successful community struggle against racial injustice in defense of co-worker Alexander “Preacher” Evans.
Sponsored by The Phoenix Historical Society and the African American History of Edgecombe County, the ceremony highlighted the efforts of workers who walked out on the job in support of Evans who was charged with theft, arrested and suspended from work for removing a suit of clothes left near trash. The marker is located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Spruce Street, once the location of the sanitation department. The strike reshaped the labor movement in the state of North Carolina.
Following the unveiling, the city’s Communications and Marketing Office premiered an hourlong documentary focused on the strike.