Oral Histories of Colombian Textile Workers in Greenville, SC

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Marina Cox


Catia Sleet; Alexis Wood; Abby Packman; Katy Ott; Marina Cox; Sofía Kearns


Video interview with Freddy Pfleiderer. Freddy begins his oral history talking about his life in the Colombian textile industry. He started at a very early age and worked many places, gaining valuable experience. He details his work history and tells of how he, and others, came to work in the United States textile industry. Freddy first worked in the U.S. in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and he tells of his extraordinary career trajectory as a loom mechanic, travelling first to Switzerland to live, train, and work, and then working all around the world. He moved to Greenville, SC, in 1969, to work for Milliken Mill. He talks about how more Colombians arrived in Greenville after him to work in the textile industry. He shares details about their work, social life, and leisure activities. Freddy closes the oral history discussing the fall of the textile industry in the U.S.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship, Student Scholarship




Greenville (S.C)


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Freddy Pfleiderer