Rocky Mount Mills Home Movie

Mill superintendent M.G. Frye made a home movie, shot in 8mm, of various people and places at the mill and mill village. The film is from 1939. His grandson, Robert G. Frye, donated the movie to the State Archives of North Carolina in 2007 where it is accessible on their YouTube channel. As historians, media such as this add insight into the everyday lives of the people we study.

Recognize any faces? Have any memories at the locations captured here? What can you observe about 1930s Rocky Mount Mills?

Note: there is no sound