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We intend to use each story and all data collected to tell the larger story of textile culture in the South, as it truly was—in order to create a future for the industry based on mutual success.
We will work with organizations who have similar goals and visions and who have relevant information toward our project.
We are proud of our region but are well aware of the pain that surrounds the research we are undertaking. It is our responsibility to tell all truths, not just the convenient ones.
We utilize unbiased research methods and responsible environmental procedures.
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With the expert help of our friends at Nest and The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, we’ve developed a survey to help us reach a wider audience and gather more information about the demographics of the workforce within the textile industry over the last decades. We invite anyone who has worked in the US textile industry to participate.
"The pay was, yes, the pay was really good considering the type of jobs it was around in the area, you know. Which I did get an interview at Ford Motor Company before I went to Tee Jays, but I, well actually it was before I left H.D. Lee, and I found out that I was pregnant so that was the end of that. But yes it was very productive. The more you worked, the harder you worked and the more work you put out there then the more money you made. And it was very good paying at that time, it really was. Best paying job that I had ever had."
"I helped pay my way through college. I did make some friends there. The guys that were back in the shipping and receiving department became good friends of mine. I got introduced to the world of labor unions. I think I had to join the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and I didn’t have any idea what unions were all about. I just knew that people joined unions whenever they went to work."
"Well my husband used to work at Sweetwater Mills. They made men’s underwear too. My sister-in-law worked there. And they would tell about…there was one building that they would have to run water on in the summertime to keep it cool enough for them to work the machines. And the women would pass out because it would be so hot. You know, and you had to work so hard."