Labor activist George Holloway Jr. dies

December 14, 1990

Services for George L. Holloway Jr., a labor union activist for many years, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Howard Park United Methodist Church, 5020 Gwynn Oak Ave.

Mr. Holloway, who was 75 and lived on Howard Park Avenue, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital after a heart attack.

He retired in 1980 from the international staff of the United Auto Workers, on which he had served since moving to Baltimore in 1963. He helped with contract negotiations and did other work for locals in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

In 1947, he went to work at the International Harvester plant in Memphis, Tenn., where he was among the first black machine operators. He became a union committeeman after helping to organize the workers in the plant.

From the late 1930s until 1947, he worked as a Pullman car porter and, as member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, signed up more than 500 new members in 1942.

He began working in 1936 at a Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Memphis, but became a porter after helping in an unsuccessful union organizing drive there.

The Memphis native was a graduate of the Manassas High School and attended the Tuskegee Institute for three years.

After he retired, he served as a member of the UAW Retired Workers Advisory Council and as vice president of the Retired Workers of Local 344.

He did civil rights work in Baltimore and in Memphis, and had been a member of the Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Memphis before joining the Howard Park Church here.

Mr. Holloway is survived by his wife, the former Hattie Johnson; a son, George L. Holloway III of Clinton; two brothers, Samuel White of Orlando, Fla., and Dr. Robert B. Holloway of St. Louis; and three grandchildren.

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