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Solidarity Centennial: The Legacy of the Seattle General Strike Era and the Centralia Tragedy of 1919

  • Special Collections Lobby and Reference Room, Suzzallo and Allen Libraries (map)

Description: The Seattle General Strike lives in popular memory as a testament to the power of solidarity and direct action by working people. Diverse groups united across occupations and political affiliations to assert themselves in a powerful eruption of action that closed down the city for six days. The strike was administered peacefully and competently by the workers themselves and had lasting consequences for the labor movement in Seattle, the United States, and beyond.

The Centralia Tragedy of 1919 remains one of the most notorious and violent showdowns between radical labor, its opponents, and those caught between. The event and its aftermath illustrate the limits of free speech and dissent in an era of political repression. Featuring primary sources drawn from the collections of the Labor Archives of Washington and UW Special Collections, the exhibit will offer multiple viewpoints in the words, documents, photographs, and artifacts of the participants themselves.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or

Cost: Free

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Directions: The exhibit is located in the Special Collections Lobby and Reference Room, in the basement beneath the Allen Library South Lobby. Allen Library South is part of the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries on the University of Washington campus.

To get to Special Collections, take the stairs or elevator down to the basement from the Research Commons/Allen Library South Lobby. Check Special Collections hours of opening to find out when exhibit is accessible.