Charley Martin, american

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AFL-CIO, Department of Education, Film Division
An excerpt of "A Medal for Benny": Pantera, California is home to the original settlers of California, Indians and Italians.  In 1942, the town mayor visits Benny's farm worker family to congratulate the father on Benny's Medal of Honor award, and inadvertently informs the family Benny died in the war.  The town press decide Martin family home is not nice enough for the Governor's visit to see a war hero's family, so they stage it at another home.  The family doesn't like it, but asks if the Martins can have the furniture in the pretend home.  The town plans to rake in tourist money at the award presentation, but the family objects and refuses to attend the ceremony to receive the medal.  The military general visits the humble family home anyway. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation (producer and copyright).
Intergroup Committee on Human Relations; Paramount Pictures Corporation
Teaching Film Custodians, Inc.
Labor unions and education; Discrimination; Agricultural laborers; Veterans
Special Collections and University Archives
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film reels
This material was digitized as part of the "Advancing Workers Rights in the American South: Digitizing the Records of the AFL-CIO’s Civil Rights Division" project, supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation.
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Filename: labor-086919; Catalog Key: 31430059608655

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