On October 20, 1926, Eugene V. Debs, a labor leader and tireless advocate for working people, passed away. Among his many critical successes was a strike in 1893 led by his organization, the American Railway Union, against the Great Northern Railway. The Great Northern Railway was a profoundly important artery between the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. According to the Debs Foundation, “the strike was settled after 18 days and a contract signed which met virtually all union demands.”

Debs and other labor leaders are recognized in portraiture at the WKCHR offices.

Read more about Debs here.