S.R. Tankersley and Elmer Joe Marvin walking picket line at Elite Theatre, June 1954The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections is proud to announce the opening of the exhibit “For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010″, featuring the personal papers of labor and political activist John “J.W.” Jackson, as well as numerous items from the Texas Labor Archives at UT Arlington. Inspired by J.W. Jackson’s generous donations of labor archive records and personal papers, it explains what labor unions are and why they are important, shows the importance of the labor movement as seen through the life of J.W. Jackson, and concludes with accounts of labor events that have impacted Texas history. The labor movement, a little-known aspect of Texas history, is nevertheless inextricably intertwined with the legacy of what it means to be a Texan, shaping the makeup of who we as a state are today.

“For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010″ is open from May 17 through August 7 in the Special Collections Library, located on the 6th floor of UT Arlington’s Central Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Summer hours are 9 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 817-272-27511 for more information.