Samuel Gompers Memorial

10th & Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001, US

Category: Labor Leaders - historic

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DC Labor Map

At 10th and Massachusetts Avenue is the Samuel Gompers Memorial Park, at the center of which is a bronze sculpture honoring the founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Designed and executed by Robert Aitken in 1933, the monument brings together representations of work and family. In the 1940s, thieves reportedly discovered that the base of the monument was hollow and used it as a hideout. After years of neglect, the sculpture was renovated in 19xx.

The inscriptions on the Memorial read:
"So long as we have held fast to voluntary principles and have been actuated and inspired by the spirit of service, we have sustained our forward progress and we have made our labor movement something to be respected and accorded a place in the councils of our Republic. Where we have blundered into trying to force a policy or decision, even though wise or right, we have impeded, if not interrupted the realization of our aims." (left side)

"Say to the organized workers of America that as I have kept the faith I expect that they will keep the faith. They must carry on. Say to them that a union man carrying a card is not a good citizen unless he upholds the institutions of our country and a poor citizen if he upholds the institutions of our country and forgets the obligations of his trade associations." (right side)


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