Ford Hunger March - 1932
March. 7, 1932 - 85th Anniversary
WHAT: On March 7, 1932, thousands of unemployed auto workers gathered at the Fort Street Bridge in southwest Detroit with the intent of marching on the Ford Rouge Plant. Their plan was to march directly to Henry Ford at the famed Rouge Factory and present a list of 14 demands which included higher pay and better working conditions.
When the group reached the Dearborn border, they were met by local police and a skirmish ensued with protesters throwing rocks, bottles and clumps of dirt. When they reached the Rouge Plant, they were met with more deadly force with police and Ford security firing upon the crowd.
The confrontation resulted in dozens of injuries and 5 deaths. Four of the Hunger Marchers are buried in the famous Woodmere Cemetery in southwest Detroit.
WHO: Unemployed factory workers from the Ford Motor Co. Henry Ford was the last holdout to recognize union labor.
Preserving the story of the Hunger March
The MotorCities National Heritage Area, working with a large and diverse group of partners, want to create an urban park and memorial to the 1932 Hunger March near the original gathering point of this historic event.
Called the Fort Rouge Gateway Project, the park will be located in the shadow of the Fort Street Bridge in southwest Detroit. Planners will feature interpretive signage and memorials dedicated to Hunger Marchers.
To learn more or to donate to this project, contact MotorCities at 313-259-3425.