Just 5 days after the strike began, strikebreaking scabs were brought in from Buffalo, N. Y. to run the streetcars, but the first car out of the Canal Street barns was pelted with bricks and paving stones by a crowd. The scab motorman quit in five minutes. Four cars then left the barn under heavy police guard. Two, passengerless, crawled around the beltline. A third was driven back by angry strikers. A fourth was burned on Canal Street before a jeering multitude. Some policemen fired into the mob. Other policemen resigned rather than defend the strikebreakers.
|5 Streetcars were torched during the strike.|
During the strike, the Martin Brothers restaurant, owned by former union streetcar workers, invented the Poor Boy sandwich to feed the hungry strikers cheaply. They continued to make po'boys after the strike because the Great Depression left so many people destitute, even going so far as to give out lettuce and tomato po'boys completely free to keep people from starving. The po'boy is now a famous New Orleans tradition, even having a version suitable for vegetarians and vegans, the french-fry po'boy.
|Awesome letter from Clovis & Bennie Martin to the strikers.|
So every time you eat a delicious po'boy, take a second to remember the beautiful gesture of working class solidarity that led to it's creation. It makes them taste even better!