The Flint Sit-Down Strike Audio Presentation


I know the night that fisher sit down my husband, you know they didn't sit down til about a week or ten days later than fisher and he come home, we knew that this going to strike he come home and said well he always called me Jack said Jack get up said fisher is sitting down lets go down there.

So we went down there and we stayed the rest of the night and all the next day.

And I was down there all the time. And he was too til he was sit down there to chevrolet and I was down there in the strike he said that night the guy, I forgot who he was come round down the hall in the kitchen and said Chevrolets down, we've got to get food to them. Who'll volunteer to take it? I said I will.

he said well theres a lot of tear gas over there. I said I've smelt it before I'm not afraid of tear gas. So we got to the hill Everett, and this boy of mine I wish he was out here I'm going to call him again in a minute.

Here come the cops. And You can't get in there. I said I'm going. He said lady I told you you cannot go down there. I siad I told you I'm going down there.

And I did. And Govenor Murphy had announced that food must go through, you know. Well we had a great big milk can full of coffee another one full of vegetable soup and we had cartons of canned milk and bread and coffee everything.

I said we're taking food. Oh, he said, if you got food we have to let you go in. But theres a lot of tear gas down there, I said I'm not afraid of no tear gas. So we get in there and the management had the gate locked. And you knwo how tall that fence is in front of plant four. I could.t riase it up high enough for them guys inside to get it. Well they come out with torches and they melted that blooming fence to the ground. And then they could take the food all in.

Show Transcript Speaker: Delia Parish. Interviewed by U-M Flint Labor History Project. Date of interview: 6-6-1979. Edited by Michael Van Dyke.

Copyright: ©2002 Michigan State University.