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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Alice P. Evitt, July 18, 1979. Interview H-0162. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Fear of harm by machinery at mill

Evitt remembers her fear that a belt on one of the mill's machines would break and injure or kill her.

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Oral History Interview with Alice P. Evitt, July 18, 1979. Interview H-0162. 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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JIM LELOUDIS:
It must have been some place in there with all those belts flying. Did you ever feel it was a dangerous place?
ALICE P. EVITT:
Sometimes you had to watch them belts runnin' up there. If they happened to break and hit you, they'd knock you down. They'd hit you so hard they'd kill you, wouldn't they? I never knowed them to hit one, but I imagine it would. It was just a flyin'. It'd break and hit you, it'd slap you so hard, I don't guess you'd ever remember anymore.
JIM LELOUDIS:
Did you ever see one break?
ALICE P. EVITT:
Yes, I've had them break on my work. Had them break overhead and on my speeders. All out here, they low and run under. They didn't come over your head. But the other places, they all go over your head. I's always scared of them belts breakin' and a-hittin' you.