Gloria Hayes Richardson oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in New York, New York, 2011-07-19.
GR: Rob Roy! You’re right.
JM: That was an apparel company. Yeah, and they were paying lower wages for the same work in [Dorchester County].
GR: Yes, to everybody. So, the issue was not jobs, but we all that work in this industry want better wages.
JM: Yeah. That was - you know, it’s something of - it’s kind of ironic, isn’t it, that at the same time all of these tensions had divided Cambridge on race -
JM: That in the very near term you have black and white union groups working together.
GR: Not near term - right in the middle of it!
JM: Yeah, okay, and trying to build a sort of interracial union effort to achieve better salaries.
GR: Yes. And they blocked, they blocked them, uh, from meeting in any, in their American Legion, whatever their facilities were. They would not let them meet.
JM: No white facility?
GR: And so, the board on the Rod & Gun Club decided, “They can meet here if they’re, you know, if they’re okay with it.” And yes, and I went to one meeting with some of the CNAC people, and they - it’s like they tell me happened in Appalachia when SNCC went there. They actually asked the black guys to voice their complaints to these people from New York, because they were afraid, I guess, of the people that controlled Cambridge.
JM: Oh, I see. The white men at the meeting -
GR: Yes. Yes.
JM: Didn’t want to speak up.
GR: No, they didn’t. No, and they asked some of the black guys to do it.
JM: Sure, yeah.
GR: But they say that happened in Appalachia. Some SNCC people went there, and they said, “Well, you’ll have to speak,” not because they couldn’t speak, but because of the - [sighs].