VIRTUAL: WNCHA Lectures: The Marion Mill Massacre in Memory


Join the Western Historical Association Thursday, October 14 at 6PM via Zoom as we kick off a month of programming centered on labor and mill history in WNC. On October 2, 1929, deputies killed six textile workers at the Marion Manufacturing Company mill, marking one of the deadliest labor strikes in the South. This event occurred in conjunction with other strikes that year in Tennessee and Gastonia, North Carolina during a period of fighting over unionization. This episode has been somewhat forgotten in local and Appalachian history and many misconceptions have persisted about its causes and actors. Join us for this virtual program where we will explore the history and memory of this event. About the Presenter: Megan Stevens holds an MA in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her 2020 thesis is titled, A Missing Mountain Memory: The Marion Manufacturing Mill Strike of 1929.Tickets: Free for WNCHA members/ $5 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able, please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise. For questions email Trevor Freeman at

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