https://www.beachamjournal.com > Mill Town Murder: Photo Essay

« Back to Mill Town Murder: Photo Essay

Mack Duncan, Chiquola Mill Survivor

Mack Duncan, Chiquola Mill Survivor

Honea Path, S.C.

Mack Duncan, in 1934, was a seventeen-year-old non-union loom fixer at Chiquola. "The Chiquola workers wanted better living conditions and more money," Duncan said. "They didn't have much of anything…no privileges, no money. The workers felt exploited. These weren't union organizers. These were just people who thought they could get what they wanted through the union.

"Mr. Beacham wasn't too friendly with the workers in the (Chiquola) plant," recalled Duncan. "I wouldn't walk up and talk to him. He was boss man. What he said controlled everything around the mill…in the mill village…everything. When Mr. Beacham spoke, he was in control."

Permalink