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GOMPERS, Samuel: Memorial near Mount Vernon Square in Washington, D.C.
by Robert Aitken (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's Massachusetts Avenue area (click link for more in that area)

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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR
ORGANIZED NOVEMBER 15 1881
LABOR OMNIA VINCIT

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SAMUEL GOMPERS MEMORIAL PARK

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R - AITKEN - N - A
SCULPTOR

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"NO LASTING GAIN HAS EVER COME FROM COMPULSION
IF WE SEEK TO FORCE, WE BUT TEAR APART THAT WHICH,
UNITED, IS INVINCIBLE. THERE IS NO WAY WHEREBY OUR LABOR
MOVEMENT MAY BE ASSURED SUSTAINED PROGRESS IN
DETERMINING ITS POLICIES AND ITS PLANS OTHER THAN
SINCERE DEMOCRATIC DELIBERATION UNTIL A UNANIMOUS
DECISION IS REACHED. THIS MAY SEEM A CUMBROUS, SLOW
METHOD TO THE IMPATIENT BUT THE IMPATIENT ARE MORE
CONCERNED FOR IMMEDIATE TRIUMPH THAN FOR THE
EDUCATION OF CONSTRUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT."

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"SO LONG AS WE HAVE HELD FAST TO VOLUNTARY PRINCIPLES
AND HAVE BEEN ACTUATED AND INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF
SERVICE, WE HAVE SUSTAINED OUR FORWARD PROGRESS AND
WE HAVE MADE OUR LABOR MOVEMENT SOMETHING TO BE
RESPECTED AND ACCORDED A PLACE IN THE COUNCILS OF OUR
REPUBLIC. WHERE WE HAVE BLUNDERED INTO TRYING TO FORCE
A POLICY OR A DECISION EVEN THOUGH WISE AND
RIGHT, WE HAVE IMPEDED, IF NOT INTERRUPTED THE
REALIZATION OF OUR OWN AIMS."

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"SAY TO THE ORGANIZED WORKERS OF AMERICA THAT AS
I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH I EXPECT THAT THEY WILL KEEP THE
FAITH. THEY MUST CARRY ON, SAY TO THEM THAT A UNION [MAN]
CARRYING A CARD IS NOT A GOOD CITIZEN UNLESS HE UPHOLDS
THE INSTITUTIONS OF OUR COUNTRY AND A POOR CITIZEN [OF]
OUR COUNTRY IF HE UPHOLDS THE INSTITUTIONS OF OUR COUNTRY
AND FORGETS THE OBLIGATIONS OF HIS TRADE ASSOCIATION.

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More Info
See
James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 328 Item #8.03; Massachusetts Avenue area);
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p277 Item #H-4)

Medium: Bronze
Artist: Robert Aitken (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Labor Unions, Work life; Other organizers or their organizations
Location: Massachusetts Ave. & 10th (On triangle N of Mass Ave, W of 10th St, S of L St) Washington, D.C.
See Massachusetts Avenue area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: McPherson Square (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 76004818 (dcMem ID #1702 )

Links & other sources
The Names of Washington D.C. (p113)
ADC Greater Washington, DC Street Map Book (99)
Wikipedia article on Gompers
AFL-CIO website
AFL-CIO website on Gompers
The Gompers papers
Samuel Gompers: a half century in labor's front rank
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures on Gompers statue

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