Colored National Labor Union (1869)

Labor Organizations - historic

(W side of 9th between E & F; now a freeway; closest site is L'Enfant Plaza) At this site -- Union League Hall -- in December, 1869, a national convention of black workers met in Union League Hall and founded the CNLU. Over several days, the 159 delegates elected Baltimore caulker Isaac Myers president, adopted a broad platform covering relations between labor and capital, education, and other issues, and developed plans to build the organization. The need for a separate organization of black workers was underscored by their exclusion from existing trade unions, including that of Lewis H. Douglass (son of Frederick Douglass) from the Printers Union. The following year the CNLU made the weekly "New National Era" its national publication and named Frederick Douglass (see 43, 48) as editor. (CNLU duration and impact?)
- Breier Volume 1, pages 541 & Dubois (J Garlock)





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DC Labor Map

Welcome to the DC Labor Map! Here you can find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC, including union hotels, restaurants, international and local union organizations, labor art and historic labor sites. You can use it for an online virtual tour of DC labor, or to plan your visit to our nation’s capital.
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We welcome your comments and suggestions: click on the “comments” tab at the bottom of the map. The DC Labor Map is a project of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO: primary research was done by Chris Garlock, Jon Garlock and Lisa Garlock; contributors include: Saul Schniderman, Peter Winch and Fhar Miess.