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Protest Against Gimbels Department Store, 1935
However, in the early 1930s, as racial tensions began increasing throughout the nation, it was discovered that the store refused to hire African American women. In 1935, a protest was held by young, African American women. They picketed the store wearing signs that called the store "UN-AMERICAN" and exposed the truth about the stores hiring policies.
In 1997, the store, now called the Heinz 57 Center after Gimbels went out of business in the late 1980's, was added to the list of historic landmarks by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.
SourcesFerry, John William. A History of the Department Store. New York: The MacMillian Company, 1960.
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