This Day in History

Sept. 29, 1943: Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary Hunger Strike

Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

We have observed the sufferings of the prisoners, first hand, and we see no alternative but to go on fasting indefinitely, in as friendly and humble a spirit as we can, so as to bring the seriousness of the situation to your attention.

Conscientus Objectors 1943 | Zinn Education ProjectOn Sept.  29, 1943, five conscientious objectors began a hunger strike at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary is protest of censorship of the mail.

In August, other conscientious objectors had begun a work strike against the racial segregation of prisoners.

Read more on these actions (including the forced tube feeding by the prison hospital) in this 1943 appeal for support with a letter from the prisoners.

Follow stories on Democracy Now! of prisoner (and prison guard) strikes today.