pwt: tampa

Tampa’s Ybor City was home to what was probably the most militant workforce in the state of Florida. Cigar workers went on strike frequently, and it often became a waiting game of who would fold first, the unions or the factory owners. Soup kitchens allowed the unions to strike for months at a time and still feed their members. This remarkable photo by Ramon San Feliz documents a soup kitchen during a strike in 1899. Tampa’s conservative, anti-union newspapers would never have taken such a photo.