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The Funsten 500

John Jennings


St. Louis, MO, 1933: 500 Black women who worked as nutpickers for the Funsten Nut Company mounted a successful strike against the industry giant, citing low wages and inhumane working conditions as major concerns. This strike was one of many Midwestern labor revolts organized by African-American women in the United States.

This CPH poster printed at the worker-owned and union-run Community Printers, Santa Cruz, CA.

This is #155 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.

John Jennings is a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. Jennings’s recent projects include the graphic novel adaptations of Octavia Butler’s novels Kindred and Parable of the Sower.