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Book Launch: “Huntsville Textile Mills and Villages” Linthead Legacy

June 16, 2017 in Huntsville , AL

6:00 PM-8:00 PM



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In the early 1900’s, Huntsville, Alabama had more spindles than any other city in the South. Cotton fields and mills made the city a major competitor in the textile industry. Entire mill villages sprang up around the factories to house the workers and their families. Many of these buildings are now iconic community landmarks, such as the revitalized Lowe Mill arts facility and the Merrimack Mill Village Historic District. The “lintheads'” a demeaning moniker villagers wore as a badge of honor, were hard workers. Their lives were fraught with hardships, from slavery and child labor to factory fires and shutdowns. They endured job-related injuries and illnesses, strikes, and the Great Depression. Author Terri L. French details the lives, history, and legacy of the workers. Books will be available for sale and signing in the Flying Monkey Arts theatre, second floor south.