K.001.003. Southern Communities: White Furniture Company of Mebane Project

Interviews are with residents of Mebane, N.C. and former employees of White Furniture Company of Mebane, which closed its doors in 1993. Interviewees discuss the plant's importance to the town and the history of the company, which until it closed was one of the oldest operating furniture factories in the South. The impact of plant closings on North Carolina communities was also explored in a photography exhibit on the White Furniture plant that was mounted by photographer and American Studies instructor Bill Bamberger in an abandoned department store. Bamberger and Cathy Davidson used the interviews and photographs in their book Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory.

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