San Francisco Points of Interest

Bloody Thursday

Bloody Thursday

Bloody Thursday A second mural is on the back of the structure.

Bloody Thursday Detail from front mural.

Bloody Thursday
Detail from front mural.

Bloody Thursday Detail from front mural.

10 January 2020

Bloody Thursday
Intersection of Steuart and Mission Streets
Thursday, 5 July 1934

The marker reads:

In memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise, who gave their lives on Bloody Thursday, July 5, 1934, so that all working people might enjoy a greater measure of dignity and security.

Sperry and Bordoise were fatally shot by San Francisco police at the intersection of Mission and Steuart Streets, when longshoremen and seamen attempted to stop maritime employers from breaking joint strike. Community outrage at these killings sparked a general strike by all San Francisco unions.

The maritime strike continued through the middle of summer, concluding with a union victory which brought decent conditions to the shipping industry and set the stage for the birth of a strong and democratic labor movement on the west coast.

"An Injury To One Is An Injury To All"

Row of Blue Diamonds

Also see Garcia & Maggini Warehouse (San Francisco Landmark #229) and San Francisco Labor Temple (San Francisco Landmark #238).

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