Hopkins' father barred from mill work
Her father was not allowed to work in the mill after his treatment for tuberculosis because of the dangers of cotton lint. He sought temporary jobs elsewhere while his wife worked at the mill.
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Oral History Interview with Eva Hopkins, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0167. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- LU ANN JONES:
When your father was in the sanitorium, did you go visit him?
- EVA HOPKINS:
Oh yes. They didn't let me go in where he was until I was about twelve
years old. He got better and was up. He never was so bad until he
couldn't get up. He was up. They collapsed one of his lungs after I was
married, and he got better. He came out of the sanitorium. He wasn't
able to work again in the mill because on account of that cotton lint
dust. He worked as a watchman for a while at different places. Then he
worked at Ivey's. They called them floorwalkers. He just never did go
back to the mill. But my mother did. She worked until
she retired, it was sixty-five, she worked in the mill.