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Louis Harrell was a J.P. Stevens millhand in Roanoke Rapids. In 1978, not long after this photo was taken, he died of byssinosis, a condition caused by cotton dust and commonly known as brown lung. A similar photo of Harrell appeared on an OSHA brochure issued during the Carter administration but recalled under Reagan as […]

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  This beat-up, taped-up employee badge is a humble reminder of a once-thriving outpost of the Cannon textile empire. Wiscassett Mills was founded in Albemarle in 1898. During World War II,  its yarns were used for machine gun belts and parachute harnesses. In 1978 Wiscassett was purchased by Cannon Mills. By 2000 when the plant […]

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