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Liberty Pole

East Main Street at East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604, US

Category: Labor Struggles

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Rochester Labor History eMap

Erected in the fall of 1965, this liberty pole stands on the site of three other such poles in Rochester's past, the first of which was set here in 1859. The liberty pole has been the site of numerous grassroots demonstrations and rallies, including one on April 1, 1992 sponsored by the Civil Service Employees Association at which more than 500 public sector unionists protested their inability to secure a contract. In May 1996, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rochester General Strike, the Rochester Labor Council marched from the liberty pole to City Hall.