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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Blanche Scott, July 11, 1979. Interview H-0229. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Adapting working hours at Liggett and Myers to her school schedule

Scott remembers working at a Liggett and Myers cigarette factory as a child. Between the ages of twelve and sixteen, she worked after school hours during the school year and during the summer, worked a full day. When she left school at age sixteen, she worked full time for the next twenty-four years.

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Oral History Interview with Blanche Scott, July 11, 1979. Interview H-0229. 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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So they came here to Durham, and they was employed at the American Tobacco Company. They worked there for so long, then they went to Liggett and Myers. In the meantime, I was born in 1906. They used to let children go to school and work in the evening when they come from school.
BEVERLY JONES:
At Liggett and Myers?
BLANCHE SCOTT:
Yes. I used to go to West End School. I'd get out at the time we'd normally get out at 1:30. I'd come from school to the factory and worked from 2:00 until 6:00.
BEVERLY JONES:
So you began work as a child?
BLANCHE SCOTT:
As a child. I would work like that during the school term, and then in the summer, they'd let the children come and work all day until 4:00. You'd come in the morning at 7:00, and then we get off at 4:00 and go home, and that leaves the adults working.
BEVERLY JONES:
About how old were you when you began to work?
BLANCHE SCOTT:
In the factory? Going to school and work in the factory, around about twelve. So then, I worked like that until I got old enough that I could work all day. In the meantime, I went to work at sixteen years old in the factory. I worked from the time I was sixteen I worked twenty-four years. I was forty years old when I came out. So I practically spent most of my time working. I did go to school until I got old enough. At sixteen, I went to work regular. In 1946, was when I quit work. I had took this other course and went to doing a beautician.