Title: Oral History Interview with Vickie Jacobs, December 11, 1993. Interview K-0100.
Interviewer: Blackwell-Johnson, Joyce
Interviewee: Jacobs, Vickie
Subjects: Furniture industry and trade--North Carolina Furniture workers--North Carolina White Furniture Company North Carolina--Social conditions Women--Employment--North Carolina--History--20th century Jacobs, Vickie
Abstract: Vickie Jacobs left a dead-end job at a barbecue restaurant to take a position at the White Furniture Company in Hillsborough, North Carolina. In this interview, she describes her work there and at another White factory in Mebane, North Carolina, recalling the positions she held, explaining the routines on the factory floor, and describing the furniture production process. Jacobs enjoyed working in the rub-and-pack room of the factory, polishing furniture and preparing it for shipping, but her most vivid memory is of the Hillsborough factory's closing, a recollection that offers a tantalizing glimpse of a closely knit community of workers.