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60th Anniversary screening of 1950's independent film 'Salt of the Earth'

"Salt of the Earth" Poster
Library of Congress

The New Mexico members of the “Screen Actors Guild” (SAG) & the “American Federation of Television and Radio Artists” (AFTRA) have been invited to the 60th anniversary screening of the film, “Salt of the Earth.” It will be on March 15, 2014 at Silver City, N.M. The lunch reception, tour & screening is open to the public & free. The invite was sent on behalf of the “Real Miners of United Steelworkers District 12.”

The invitation details for the “Salt of the Earth” 60th Anniversary is below:

“The celebration and recognition takes place in Silver City, New Mexico, the birthplace of the actual incidents that inspired the film. 'Salt of the Earth’s' plot centers on the long and difficult 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico.”

“The victorious Empire Zinc strike brought about numerous positive changes for the Grant County community. Beyond the equitable pay and treatment that Mexican-American miners won through the strike, the women who fought in the strike sparked advances in the movement for gender equality, area schools began hiring Hispanic teachers and a credit union helping miners was born.”

When: March 15, 2014 / Time: 9:45 -10 a.m. - Bus transportation to events. / Meet at: Grant County Business and Conference Center. / 3031 Hwy 180 E. (32nd St. By-pass) / Silver City, NM 88061.

Schedule of Events:

  • 10-10:45 a.m. Coffee Reception at USW Local 9424 Union Hall, (FRMR L890) Tom Foy Blvd, Bayard.

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tour: Mining/strike & film history tour (includes Bayard & Hurley).

  • 1 to 3 p.m. USW lunch and program of speakers at L890 Union Hall, Bayard.

  • 4 - 7 p.m. Screening event, WNMU Fine Arts, 1000 W. College Ave., Silver City.

“Reception in honor of remaining pioneers and their families. / Panel discussion moderated by Erica Willis, with surviving activists/family members, organized labor / representatives, featured elected officials and scholars. / Visual historical exhibits / Feature screening: Salt of the Earth.”

Cost: All events are free to the public. Free tickets are available at a host of Grant County businesses and organizations. / Questions or for more information: Call (505) 455-2853 or email: / You may join them on Facebook at

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