Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bob Graham’s Workdays at the Florida Memory Project

State Senator Bob Graham during workday as a tomato picker for Six L's Farms: Naples, Florida (1977).

The Florida Memory Project presents a selection of historical records that illustrate significant moments in Florida history, educational resources for students of all ages and archival collections for historical research.
The Florida Memory Project is currently featuring a new photo exhibit titled "Bob Graham's Workdays."
Throughout 1977 and 1978, Graham worked all sorts of jobs from lobster fisher, mullet gutter, shrimper, and dive boat operator to short order cook, bellhop, social worker, and plumber. He even spent a night riding with the Tallahassee Police Department, which included the discovery and investigation of a near-fatal shooting. He also spent two days as a temporary worker, including applying for food stamps. The workdays gave him insight into the lives of working people, as well as valuable political ammunition during his first gubernatorial and later campaigns. In 1978, Graham published Workdays, an account of his experiences.

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