|The Loray Mill as it appeared in the early 1900s.|
In March of 1929, the NTWU held its first public meeting in Gastonia, during which the union’s leadership began urging workers to object and stand firm. The meeting was very successful, as all of the workers in attendance voted to strike immediately. This plan began on April 1, 1929, when 1,800 workers from the Loray Mill in Gastonia walked away from their workplace to protest unworkable conditions. The striking workers demanded a minimum wage, the end of the stretch-out system, as well as the recognition of unions by mill owners.
|This book was published by the National Textile Worker's Union in 1929. It was intended to raise support for the NTWU's cause and describes the conditions that caused the strike and the "terror" that followed afterwards.|
|This week's image: the Loray Mill Strike.|
Much like how a small rockslide can start an avalanche, this strike had significant consequences for the South and the United States, as a whole.
Obviously, this mill played a very important role in Southern history; just what happened to it?
|The Loray Mill as it stands today.|
|The future Loray Mill.|
The first phase of this project is schedule to be completed by late 2013.
|The Loray Mill interior presently. Imagine the possibilities!|
1.) An article from the Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/05/3362558/saving-gastonias-loray-mill-a.html
2.) An article from WBTV: http://www.wbtv.com/story/18876220/gastonias-loray-mill-to-be-transformed-into-apartments-commercial-space