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Charles M. Ward and Melville Gardin/St. Helen's Interviews

Identifier: L1995-13_AV0349

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

Charles Ward grew up in Gastonia, N.C. and was the son of textile workers. Melville Gardin was a textile worker and parishioner at St. Helen's Catholic Church in Gastonia, N.C.


1 item(s) (video (1:57:52 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Ward discusses the mutual aid society his father was involved in, unions, and the Firestone Mill in Gastonia, N.C. Gardin introduces the crew to his family, and takes them to Mass with him.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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