Gastonia's Loray Mill Will Get Historic Marker

Gastonia will soon get a North Carolina historical marker to identify the location of a violent mill strike.

The marker will stand near the massive old red-brick Loray Mill, which is a symbol of an industry that shaped the region.

Two people were shot and killed when the strike broke out in 1929.

Loray Mill was the largest within one of the South's largest textile centers. At the time, the Communist Party made it an international cause.

An earlier attempt to put up a historical marker calling attention to the strike failed because Gastonia officials objected to the wording.

The 1986 proposal was revived this year, and the marker will be dedicated in November on West Franklin Boulevard near the old mill.

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