Chiquola Mill in Honea Path union strike leaves 7 dead

Honea Path Labor Rights Monument


Photo taken at: Honea Path, South Carolina

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On Labor Day, remember that working conditions were fought for. On September 6, 1934, seven workers were shot and killed and 30 others wounded at the Chiquola Mill in Honea Path, SC after union strike workers were shot under orders of Dan Beacham, Honea Path’s mayor and superintendent of the mill. The outrageous conduct by the mill owners made a strong impression on the Roosevelt Administration. This helped spur passage of the Wagner Act in 1935 and the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, establishing the minimum wage.

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