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Alabama Poor / Quilt Co-Op. #445580

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 14, 1969
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(Studio) Private money and skilled hands get better lives for some Alabama families.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Alberta, Alabama) 150 black women members of Freedom Quilting Bee Co-Op., formed 3 years ago. Made $22,000 in 1968. Made $21,000 in 1st 3 mos. of 1969. Workers earn $6-15 day, instead of $2 in cotton fields. Rev. Francis Walter saw quilts, marketed them, and helped organization co-operative Publicity brings orders. Quilts cost $120-200. Co-op buys 23 acres for new sewing ctr. to be built by July. [Co-op. Bd. Chairperson Callie YOUNG - tells what workers can buy because of Co-op.] Talk of day care center, general store, and working land. Co-op may become total farm co-op community.
REPORTER: Aline Saarinen

Huntley, Chet;
Saarinen, Aline

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