A New Deal for Carbon Hill, Alabama
A Photographic Document by William C. Pryor
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A. E. Williams, Ford dealer


A. E. Williams, Ford dealer

A. E. Williams, Ford dealer, president of Kiwanis, member of board of directors of bank: I really think WPA has performed miracles — it has been the salvation of Carbon Hill. I don't know what we would have done without it. In aiding the needy people we have accomplished permanent improvements with it. I think the swimming pool is one of the finest assets. The vocational buildings have allowed us to have full time teachers without cost to Carbon Hill (Smith-Hughes teachers). WPA has caused lots of merchants to be here today that wouldn't be here otherwise. I can't conceive what the people would have done, because we couldn't have fed them. There would just about have been a revolution here without WPA. There would have been plenty of disasters here with the rather rough mining element. There's been mistakes of course. One fellow on relief came down here and bought a brand new Ford — he had a little insurance money . . . nearly starved to death afterward. We've made more progress in our town in the last five years than at any other period.

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