A Photographic Retrospective of the Christian Care Home Strike of 2017 – 2018
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local Healthcare hired me to photograph a historic 104-day strike at Christian Care Nursing Home in Ferguson, Missouri, spanning late 2017 and early 2018. The strike was predominantly led by over 80 Black women who had been mistreated and underpaid by the nursing home administration for decades.
The workers won on March 15th of 2018, successfully negotiating better pay, treatment, and damages for abuses. Unfortunately, the management decided to close the nursing home shortly afterwards. However the strikers went on to win awards for their tremendous leadership and engage in the broader movement for economic justice in the Midwest.
In 2019 I partnered with Regional Arts Commission, The Griot Museum of Black History and Rainbow Workers’ Alliance to exhibit the images along with personal narratives from the strike, in order to commemorate the event. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, our physical exhibition has been postponed for 2021. In lieu of this, we have decided to curate components of the presentation here.
We believe this project is important because St. Louis, and the United States at large, is experiencing a resurgence of labor organizing and working-class resistance, and artful storytelling is critical to every resistance movement. We aim to contextualize the strike among the broader history of Black women in the labor struggle.
Stay tuned for additional content, such as the personal narratives of some of the strikers, news articles, ephemera, and more.