A New Deal for Carbon Hill, Alabama
A Photographic Document by William C. Pryor
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Rev. O. M. Fox With Son


Rev. O. M. Fox With Son

Baptist (white) Church. Rev. O. M. Fox, preacher: "I passed the post office this morning and Doc. Baker was in there. He said he didn't know the Southern Bell Telephone Company was employing WPA labor, I looked where he pointed, and there was a lineman sitting up there with an umbrella over his head! When I came to Carbon Hill five years ago the streets were in very poor shape. We had no curbs or gutters except this little piece here by the church and over the paved street. Really, it was a dirty unimproved little place. When I first saw it I thought 'This sure is a dirty town.' But WPA has brought quite a change. It's been a wonderful help to the town all right and it has employed numbers of our people. Some few members of our church are on the WPA. I think the casement in their financial condition has had some influence on the spiritual life of the town; when people get along financially they come to church; when they can't get along financially they stay home. People are more cheerful and courageous when they are able to make ends meet. It helps our merchants a lot. Merchants don't prosper unless the payroll comes in so people can pay up."

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