Harry Lundeberg & Andrew Furuseth

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These busts honor important merchant seamen and labor leaders whose work led to drastic improvements for sailors everywhere. These included the Maguire Act of 1895 which abolished imprisonment for deserting a vessel, and the White Act of 1898, which ended corporal punishment.

Harry Lundeberg was elected as the first president of the Sailor's Union of the Pacific, after helping successfully lead the 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike. His bust was completed by E. Hunt, and on front of it is inscribed, "He was indeed a man who crowded into a short life no glittering promise, but unselfish service and general achievement for the course he called his own."

Andrew Furuseth helped form the Sailors' Union of the Pacific and the International Seamen's Union. His bust was created by Hal Bayard Runyon, and inscribed on it is the 'Furuseth Credo': "You can put me in jail. But you cannot give me narrower quarters than as a seaman I have always had. You cannot give me coarser food than I have always eaten. You cannot make me lonelier than I have always been."

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Sailors Union of the Pacific, 450 Harrison Street at 1st Street

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