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Naomi Trammel interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-258 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Provider
Southern Oral History Program
Date created
1980
Duration
1:03
File
MP3
License
This recording copyright ©2004. All Rights Reserved
Source
Original audio housed by UNC Libraries / Documenting the American South

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Naomi Trammel talks about transferring to the weave room, but transferring back to avoid illness.

Transcript

ALLEN TULLOS:
So you worked in the spinning room from the time you were about eleven years old until you were twenty-two.

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Un-huh. I went to the weave room one time. They let me go to the weave room so I’d make a dollar a day. And I like to took galloping TB. People’s dying ’round with it, you know. And that doctor told me, said “Now”—when he’d doctored me about two weeks—he said, “now, younglady” said “you can go back to the cloth room, and live, or you can go back to the weave room and die, whichever you want to do.” So I went back to cloth room. [laughter] And the most people died there at Victor Mill.

ALLEN TULLOS:
In the weave room.

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
With what you call galloping TB. It’d come out, you know, and it be just wet all over, so hot, you know? And that just give ‘em TB. I don’t know of the people that didn’t die.

ALLEN TULLOS:
But it was just happening in the weaving department?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
In the weave room. Just the people that wove. And he said that’s what’d happen to me if I went back, so I didn’t go back.