Opelika Cotton Mill
Opelika, AL; Lee County, AL; Industry; Textiles; Cotton
The first major industry in Lee County and the first textile mill in Opelika. It opened in 1900. Today, it is most well known as the backdrop for the 1979 film "Norma Rae" about a woman who become involved in the Labor Union Activities at the North Carolina textile factory where she works. The Opelika mill had itself unionized only a few years prior to the filming. The old mill is located at 1016 York Ave, Opelika, AL, 36801. The site was abandoned in 2004, but still stands.
Image: "Whistle blows noon Opelika Cotton Mill"
Alabama Cultural Resource Survey
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