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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Zelma Montgomery Murray, March 4, 1976. Interview H-0034. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Weaving job paid one dollar per day

Charles Murray made a dollar a day for working 10 hour days in the weaving room.

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Oral History Interview with Zelma Montgomery Murray, March 4, 1976. Interview H-0034. 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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BRENT GLASS:
Right. Do you remember what they paid you, or how long you had to work a day?
CHARLES MURRAY:
A dollar a day.
BRENT GLASS:
And how many hours was that?
CHARLES MURRAY:
Ten hours a day, and five hours on a Saturday morning: fifty-five hours a week, a dollar a day.
BRENT GLASS:
So how long did they pay you that? Do you remember when you got a raise, an increase?
CHARLES MURRAY:
Well, I went off of that and I went to weaving, you see. See, in weaving you're on production, and your wages'd be up and down. You'd make one good week, and then another week you might not do so good. But a dollar a day was the standard wage, you see. That was about all they paid then. But after you left and went to weaving, why you'd make more.