A Thread of Cotton in Philadelphia
A sign on the vestibule walls of 1508 Walnut St., Philadelphia, uncovered during demolition and reconstruction of the buildings interior in 1995 to turn it into a record store. This nineteenth-century sign demonstrates the thin but unbreakable cotton thread linking Philadelphias economy to that of the slave plantations and cotton mills of the South.
Joshua Baily & Company
Philadelphia selling agents for
Erwin Cotton Mills, W. Durham, Duke, and Cooleemee (?), N.C.
Durham Cotton Mfg. Co., E. Durham, N.C.
Pearl Cotton Mills, E. Durham, N.C.
Locke Cotton Mills Co., Concord, N.C.
Neuse Mfg. Co., Neuse, N.C.
The Toccoa Cotton Mills, Toccoa, Ga.
Riverside Mills, Inc., Worthville, N.C.
---found in an article by Richard Jones, The Scene In Philadelphia and its Suburbs, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3-10-95, p. B2. Above commentary is my own.
Malcolm X: I call it up South, not up North (paraphrase).
another joke (source forgotten): Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh at one end and Philly at the other and Alabama in the middle.