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Morning Star, June 28, 1994, pg 17

Following the stock market crash in 1929, major financial reverses occurred in this country. There were bank failures, mortgage foreclosures, and large unemployment. The U.S. Congress passed the National Recovery Act of 1933 which was a national program of public works designed to end the depression.

On September 20, 1933, Albion held a mile-long parade signaling it’s participation in the NRA program. Schools were closed that day, and various groups and organizations joined in the parade. In addition to the normal participants to the parade, it also included local businesses and industries. 150 Union Steel employees marched that day, followed by 10 City of Albion trucks, upon which employees rode. A most unusual entry in the parade was a black coffin, marked “Depression,” which was followed by 200 boys with shovels in hand. This was supposed to represent the funeral and burial of the Depression. Quite an unusual parade theme, indeed.

From our Historical Notebook this week, we present a photograph taken from a window above present-day showing this most unusual Depression parade. Notice the diagonal parking on Superior Street. Also note on the far right, that there were few spectators--that’s because everyone in Albion was in the parade itself, it seems.

Depression Parade in 1933


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