Retrospect: Alabama’s Loom Towns

Avondale Mills was founded in Birmingham in 1897 but at its height employed 7,000 workers throughout the state

Women operate machinery at Avondale Mills in Sylacauga in 1943. Photo courtesy of the Alabama Department of Archives & History. Founded as a single textile mill in Birmingham in 1897, Avondale Mills grew to include textile manufacturing operations in several Alabama cities. At the height of production in the 1940s, Avondale…

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