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Protest at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Company, 1946.

Protest at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Company, 1946.

Protest at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Company, 1946. Philip Koritz, head of United Tobacco Workers Local 22, is arrested by Winston-Salem police Captain C. M. Stutts (left) and Patrolman H. E. Kelly (right).

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  1. Capt. C.M. Stutts was my Grandfather. He started as a patrolman, made detective( a member of the “Spider Gang”), and retired as Capt. of the Traffic Division,

  2. I am extremely proud to say that Philip Koritz is my father. I was less than two years old when he was arrested. And I was still too young to understand why my daddy was gone from my life while he served a prison term for this “incident”, a classic labor frame-up by the powers that be. Both my younger brother and I, following our mother’s lead, grew up proud of dad”s staunch, principled stand with and on behalf of working people, Black as well as white. Over the past few decades he has been honored by the N.C AFL-CIO as a “lion of labor” and by the International Civil Right Center and Museum in Greensboro as an “unsung hero.” At 93 years of age he continues today a lifelong pursuit of justice for all the oppressed and exploited of the earth. Quite a father— Quite a legacy!

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