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Local museum remembers 125th anniversary of Pullman Strike

The Debs Museum hosted an event to remember the 125th anniversary of the Pullman Strike Saturday. Folks who attended the event got to take a tour of the neighborhood that once surrounded the Debs house, and attend a book singing and a public reading of Debs speech.

Posted: Jun 15, 2019 10:56 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- People came together to remember one of the most important labor strikes in American history.

The Debs Museum hosted an event to remember the 125th anniversary of the Pullman Strike Saturday.

During the strike, railroaders halted trains across the country to protest inhumane working and living conditions.

The strike was led by Terre Haute native Eugene Debs.

Folks who attended the event got to take a tour of the neighborhood that once surrounded the Debs house, and attend a book singing and a public reading of Debs speech.

Organizers said it's important to remember this event, especially since it's also a piece of local history.

"It's one of the most important labor strikes in American history, and it was literally led by a Terre Hautian Eugene Debs. That's why this matters to us so much is to understand our labor history in Terre Haute and why it does still matter today," said Allison Duerk, Director of Debs Museum.

The next event will be in September at the mueum's banquet.

There they will hand out an award to help keep Debs' memory alive.

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