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Claude and Mabel Helton Interview

Identifier: L1995-13_AV0284

Scope and Contents of the Collection

From the Collection:

The Uprising of '34 Collection demonstrates how communities can be impacted in contemporary ways by history and memory, decades after a series of events occur. Veterans of the events of 1934 and their descendants-black, white, mill worker, manager, union, and non-union- were interviewed about mill village life, work conditions, southern contemporaneous culture as well as the strike itself. This finding aid describes the digitized oral history-style interviews available in Georiga State University Library's Digital Collections.


  • Creation: 1987-1995


Restrictions on Access

All of the interviews are available online in GSU's Digital Collections.

Biographical Note

Claude Helton was a textile worker at the Eagle Mill in East Gastonia, N.C. He was also the secretary of the union local 1312. Mabel Helton was a textile worker at the Parkdale Mill in Gastonia, N.C.


1 item(s) (video (1:00:15 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Claude and Mabel Helton talk about working conditions in the mills, the treatment of women textile workers, and the introduction of African American textile workers in the mills. Stoney also shows them footage of pickets in Gastonia, N.C. and New England.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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