Fact Friday 406 - The Deadly Clash at Loray Mill

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This week's Fact Friday comes from the UNC Charlotte Special Collections and University Archives. Please, please, please follow them on Instagram if you love history.  


On the evening of June 7, 1929, North Carolina experienced one of its most violent confrontations between police and textile workers striking for a 40-hour workweek and higher pay. Following an attempted walkout at Gastonia’s Loray Mill, police clashed with strikers in the tent city that had been constructed when the striking workers had been evicted from their homes. The clash resulted in the death of Police Chief Orville Aderholt and left four others wounded.

Gastonia: Citadel of the Class Struggle in the New South, pages 6, 18, and 28, 1929. UNC Charlotte.


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UNC Charlotte Special Collections and University Archives page on Instagram; June 7, 2023.

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