Marker notes 1969 Charleston Hospital strike

Published: Oct. 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A civil rights marker noting the 1969 Charleston Hospital strike is being unveiled in Charleston.

Tuesday's unveiling is of the last of five markers placed by the Preservation Society of Charleston this year noting events important to the civil rights movement in the city where the Civil War began.

The 113-day strike occurred when black hospital workers walked off the job at the Medical University of South Carolina protesting unequal pay and unfair treatment. The strike included marches, one of them led by Coretta Scott King.

One of the activists who led the strike, Mary Moultrie, is speaking at the Tuesday event at the Medical University.

Other markers are at the site of the first Charleston sit-in and one of the first schools desegregated in the city.

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