RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A trio of musicians will perform at the North Carolina Museum of History, singing songs about labor, particularly from the early 20th century.
The musicians will present a show Sunday titled “Cotton Mill Colic: Songs of Labor from the North Carolina Piedmont.” The show combines the labor fights from cotton mills with their towns’ history of string bands and singers who came from the then-emerging style known as country music.
The show draws on commercial recordings by mill workers as well as strike songs, especially those by Ella Mae Wiggins, who wrote ballads for workers during the Loray Mill strike.
The 29-year-old Wiggins was shot and killed by armed men who stopped a car carrying union leaders outside Gastonia in September 1929. No one was convicted in her death.
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