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Datebook: September 5 – Labor Day

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The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

It’s Monday, September 5th, Labor Day

Next Monday, September 12, the director of graduate studies at the University of Arizona’s School of Journalism, Dr. Linda Lumsden, lectures at Murray State. Her topic is “Soul Sisters: Black Press Coverage of the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-1973.” Dr. Lumsden’s presentation starts at 7 p.m. in Wrather Auditorium on University Drive near 16th Street.

Saturday the Princeton Trail of Tears Commission convenes its annual Walk and Remembrance Day from 8 to 4 in the downtown Trail of Tears Park. Demonstrators show and sell native crafts. Enjoy storytelling and games.

This Friday the Murray Art Guild hosts an opening reception for a new show, From Paint to Paper: Recent Works by Eva F. King. The reception’s from 6 to 9 at the Guild Gallery, 500 North Fourth Street. The show’s up through September.

Our new antenna is going up toward the end of the month, resulting in interruption in service to you and better service when it’s done. Thanks for your understanding and support!

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