McCleary, Ann and Keri Adams, “West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail,” Georgia’s Great Places, Fall-Winter 2015-16, pages 26-30. Read online.

Adams, Keri and Ann McCleary, “‘The Clothing Center of the South,” West Georgia Living, May-June 2015, pages 21-25. Read online.

  • The Uprising of ’34

    Author: Jamie Bynum On September 01, 1934, a massive strike that would last only three weeks would begin in the southern United States. Officially known as The General Textile Strike of 1934, and unofficially as The Uprising of ‘34, this strike led to textile mills shutting down for a brief period, arrests, fights, and unfortunate […]


  • Waterpower and Water Transportation in Textile Mills

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  • Griffin: The Rise and Fall of the Boyd-Mangham Mills

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  • Laurine Dixon Entrekin: Bremen-Bowdon Investment Employee

    Author: Judy Rowell Laurine Dixson was born in Bowdon, Georgia on August 25, 1912. She married Forrest Entrekin in 1930. In 1950, at the age of 38, she was a homemaker with 2 children Jerry, age 16, and Linda, age 8. In November of that year, Forrest Entrekin died at age 42. She owned a […]


  • Remembering Anchor Duck Mill with Leon Shiver

    Author: Brandon Cohran History is the memory of perspective. Events are remembered by how they are documented. Leon Shiver, the feature of this story, grew up in a cotton mill village in Rome, Georgia. He has collected memorabilia and artifacts from the Anchor Duck mill, as well as attended annual reunions of the people who […]


  • Dangers of Mill Life

    Working in textile mills before the mid-1900s was rife with danger. The entire mill line was exposed to hundreds of fast-moving parts—belts, spindles, shuttles–that could easily snag you if you were not paying attention. It was not uncommon for workers in mills to have accidents, such as getting a limb caught in a machine, which […]


  • The Life of a Dalton Textile Woman: Rosa “Midge” Murphy

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  • Cotton Mill Expansion after the Civil War

    The number of textile mills in Georgia increased dramatically during the late nineteenth century. Atlanta Constitution editor Henry Grady fervently called for a Cotton Mill Campaign to rebuild the region after the Civil War and “bring the cotton mills to the cotton fields.” In his vision of the “New South,” railroad lines would link cotton […]


  • Children in the Mills

    Child labor is the employment of children as wage earners. It became a serious social problem during the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom during the 1700s and spread to America as it became industrialized. Children, many below the age of 10, were employed by textile factories and forced to work long hours under dangerous […]