Interview with Jerred Blanchard
QUESTION 1
PAUL STECKLER:

Briefly, how did the strike start?

JERRED BLANCHARD:

How did it start? It was a terrible beginning. Two men working, Black men of course, for the Garbage Department, City of Memphis. They were leaning against the back of one of these big maws of the pickup truck and it wasn't working well and they were a little inside to get out of the rain and in some manner the lever was tripped and it makes you sick to think about it, but it, it just chewed them up, chewed them up. And there was no insurance. Except for the grace of the city they would have gotten something like five hundred dollars burial expenses and a couple of weeks pay and that would have been the end of it. And this was a shock when all of that information came out in the city of Memphis in the newspapers and to the brand new city council which had been on duty five weeks. Of course we assumed everybody had insurance. Not so. Not so. Tragic. A tragic beginning.


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