Tour 4: Museum of the City of New York: City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York

Friday, January 3, 2020: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Rhinelander Gallery North (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

Tour leader: Steven Jaffe, Museum of the City of New York

For two centuries, working people’s movements have shaped New York—and vice versa. Some of the first labor organizations in the country were formed by the city’s artisans in the early 19th century, and some of the nation’s foremost labor leaders have been New Yorkers, from Samuel Gompers and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to A. Philip Randolph, David Dubinsky, and Sidney Hillman.

But working New Yorkers have also struggled with each other over pay, power, and inclusion. New waves of workers—women, immigrants, people of color, and the “unskilled”—have repeatedly defined their own movements for a better life, and in the process remade city life in ways that affect all.

Join curator Steven Jaffe for a tour of City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York. The exhibit traces the social, political, and economic story of these diverse workers and their movements in New York through rare documents, artifacts, and footage, and considers the future of labor in the city.

Please note: The group will travel by subway (fare card provided); the museum is a 10-minute walk from the 103rd Street station. The 103rd Street station is accessible only by stairs; alternate transportation is available on request. The museum is ADA compliant.

Limit 25 people. $20 members, $30 nonmembers

See more of: AHA Events