Cigar Factory / "We Shall Overcome"

Cigar Factory / "We Shall Overcome" (HM19V2)

Location: Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.813', W 79° 56.082'

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Cigar Factory
This five-story commercial building, built in 1882 as a textile mill, was known as the Charleston Manufacturing Company, then Charleston Cotton Mills, in its early years. Leased to the American Tobacco Company in 1903, the plant was sold to that company in 1912. Popularly called "the Cigar Factory," it produced cigars such as Cremo and Roi~Tan until it closed in 1973. The Cigar Factory was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

"We Shall Overcome"
By the end of World War II the factory employed 1,400 workers, 900 of them black women. In October 1945, 1,200 workers walked out over discrimination and low wages. Strikers sang the gospel hymn "I'll Overcome Someday." Later revised as "We Shall Overcome," it would become the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. The strike ended in March 1946 with a settlement giving workers raises and promising better treatment.
HM NumberHM19V2
Marker Number10 77
Year Placed2013
Placed ByPreservation Society of Charleston
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 2:20am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599745 N 3629272
Decimal Degrees32.79688333, -79.93470000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.813', W 79° 56.082'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 48.78" N, 79° 56' 4.92" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 137 Harrison Ave, Charleston SC 29403, US
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