Textile Industry

East Laurinburg's current population is roughly 279 people. It's peak was 890 just before World War II. The town mayor blames the lack of employment for its current state.
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Marshall Stevens is a simple man.

He's one of 279 people who call the Scotland County town of East Laurinburg home. Last election, he won the race for mayor. Stevens received 15 total votes, beating an "unnamed write-in candidate" by two.

A group of five people standing together: one Black woman, three Black men and one white man.
Phil Cohen

He found his calling in a liberal college town, but no university degrees were needed for the fights Phil Cohen would go on to pick with union busters. 

The Birth Of “King Denim”

Jun 7, 2016
photo of Revolution Mill
Raymond Wyrick / Flickr

In the early 1900s, Greensboro quickly became a global hub for denim and flannel. Textile manufacturing company Cone Mills Inc. built several factories and transformed the surrounding areas into mill villages complete with churches, schools, community centers and company stores.

Bringing Out The Jeansboro in Greensboro

Sep 22, 2015
A collection of Blue Bell Wrangler artifacts showcasing their position as a player in both the work clothing and westernwear markets
Evan Morrison

Jeans are one of the most ubiquitous clothing items—found in both high-end designer boutiques and on the shelves at Wal-Mart.

Although they originated as work garments for miners, farmers and cattle workers, they have since become a more everyday item.