Knights of Labor HQ (1895)

Labor Organizations - historic

Founded in 1869, the Knights of Labor was America's first national labor organization. 12,000 locals included workers in all trades/occupations, both skilled and unskilled, women and men, and blacks as well as whites. Its national office moved from Philadelphia to Washington in 1895, to this site already used by KOL District Assembly 66, which represented (?#) of Local Assemblies in Washington from 18?? to 18??. In 1891, DA 66 represented bakers, carpenters and joiners, clerks, machinists, molders, musicians, painters, paperhangers, plasterers, plate printers, tailors, tinners, book binders, butchers, coachmakers and plumbers. (Jon 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.
CLICK ON "LEGEND" at right to view categories; TO CHOOSE A SPECIFIC CATEGORY just click on it and only those sites will be shown.
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.