Sarah McKenzie

Plaque in North Loop will mark site of Bloody Friday

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On July 20, 1934, Minneapolis police shot 67 unarmed strikers, killing two men in a Warehouse District intersection just steps from where the popular Smack Shack restaurant is today in the North Loop.

The violent episode at the height of the Great Depression, which became known as Bloody Friday, was a major turning point for the labor movement in Minnesota and the nation. Minneapolis had been an anti-union town, but strikers were eventually successful in establishing a union later in the summer of 1934.  

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