Monday, September 5, 2016

Honoring the Contributions of Tennessee Workers on Labor Day

Today we honor the contribution that workers make to the strength and prosperity of our country. These images from the Department of Conservation Photograph Collection show Tennesseans at work between 1939 and 1950.

The Vultee aircraft assembly line in Nashville. Workers in the foreground are making installations in the forward boom. In the background, the final assembly conveyor line for the wing and center sections is visible, ca. 1941.

Workers in strawberry packing plant at Portland in Sumner County, 1950.

Ben Ellis plowing corn with a mule on Coker Creek in Monroe County, 1946.

Workers stacking clay turpentine cups at the Herty Clay Company at Daisy in Hamilton County, 1939.

Read more about the history of Labor Day and see last year's Labor Day photo tribute to working Tennesseans on our blog:

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State

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