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Workers of former Jackson linen company honored for transforming community

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. A resolution from the City of Jackson recognized the employees of Independent Linen Service Company. It 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 linen 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 intense physical 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.

"I was the first black supervisor here at Independent Linen. It was a job, a hard job, a low pay job but through it all we made it," said former manager Henry Pittman.

"The men and women of Independent Linen service Company of Mississippi played a pivotal role in integrating Jackson communities form the 1930 to the 1970's.">

"It's seven or eight people that graduated from Harvard under these women and men. There are several people, judges, members of the city council, lawyers, doctors, professional athletes who are offspring of these women and men," said building owner John Morrow.

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

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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