"The Meaning of Social Security" Mural

Labor Art

Ben Shahn's mural, painted in 1940, shows the hardships of life before the establishment of Social Security, and its benefits--work, the family, and prosperity. Workers in various occupations are shown re-building America through public works projects. The murals are open to the public by appointment only. Call 202-619-3919 or email pubaff@voa.gov




330 Independence Ave Sw

first floor, Wilbur J. Cohen Bldg

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.