Workers of former Jackson company honored by the city - - Jackson, MS

Workers of former Jackson company honored by the city

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Workers of a Jackson company whose hard labor on and off the job, built a successful legacy, were honored by city leaders this week.

A resolution from the city of Jackson recognized the employees of the Independent Linen Service Company.

The business opened in 1931 and closed in the late 1970's.

Hundreds of workers ran steamers, presses and other machinery in 100 degree temperatures at the company.

It was housed in the hub of business in its day at Five Points on Woodrow Wilson Avenue.

Most workers spent a lifetime on the job, enduring hard labor to secure a better future for themselves, their children and the community.

"I remember being part of this company in 1932 and making 10 cents and hour counting soiled linen," said former manager, J.W. Ragsdale.

"The men and women of Independent Linen Service Company of Mississippi played a pivotal role in integrating Jackson communities from the 1930's to the 1970's," said Jewell Davis with the City of Jackson.

Most employees at the company spent 10 to more than 40 years on the job.

Their children and grandchildren are Ivy League graduates who are currently prominent citizens in the state and across the country.


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