On this Labor Day, we stop to consider an interesting footnote to the construction of Mississippi’s New Capitol, which I stumbled on by browsing around the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database of historic newspapers. It seems that soon after construction began in April 1901, white unionized masons working for the Chicago contractor, W.A. and A.E. Wells, walked off the job (and apparently were encouraged not to return) when they found themselves working with two black, non-unionized Mississippi masons. These newspaper clips tell the story, all of them from West Coast papers. First, the Daily Astorian of Astoria, Oregon (“A paper for the commercial man, for the farmer, for the mechanic, for the merchant, for every person”), then commentary from the African-American-owned Seattle Republican.<img class="wp-image-33205 size-full" src="https://misspreservation.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/new-capitol-strike.jpg" alt="he Seattle Republican. (Seattle, Wash.), 26 April 1901. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. The Seattle Republican. (Seattle, Wash.), 26 April 1901. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.