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Blanche Willis and Her Daughter Kay Interview, 23 August 1991

Identifier: L1995-13_AV0527

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: 23 August 1991


Restrictions on Access

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

Biographical Note

Blanche Willis was a domestic employee for the Cannon family, who owned the Cannon Mill in Kannapolis, NC. Kay, daughter of Blanche Willis, was the first African-American woman employed at Cannon Mill.


1 item(s) (video (29:36 duration))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Blanche Willis and her daughter Kay discuss what it was like during the Civil Rights movement, and Kay describes what it was like to be the first African American woman to be employed at the Cannon Mill.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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