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A Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement Davidson County Tour

West Nashville, North Nashville, and Midtown in District 16, 20, 21

Nashville-based Shelby Bottom Duo (Michael August and Nell Levin) was awarded $3,000 engage 4 community based organizations (3 labor unions and 1 university) with vested interest in workers rights in their original multimedia educational show A Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement. This production includes live performances of Joe Hill songs combined with a talk about Hill’s life, early labor struggles, and the influence of the IWW’s innovative organizing strategies on labor movements today. Their goal is to share this vital slice of labor history with a wide range people to better understand why the revolutionary creativity exemplified by Joe Hill and the Wobblies is still relevant.