T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Her father's work at Cit-Con; the proxminity of plants and people
Christine Bennett by Chelsea Arseneault.
CHRISTINE BENNETT: My dad worked . . . and I don't know what year he started at the plant. I don't even know what my dad before he went to the plants . . . He was working at a plant called Cit-Con. But he worked as a janitor. He raised thirteen kids on a janitor’s job and digging wells. That's . . . My dad was out at the plant for over thirty-five years as a janitor. He even plant a garden at the plant and the people was eating from the garden he planted at the plant. He was bringing food home, not knowing. Because of the ignorance of not knowing how horrible chemicals were, he had a garden out there. At the same time we were eating that stuff and the people there were eating it because until today people don't realize how horrible chemicals are.

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We been in a fight for the plants ever since the first one got there. My brothers and them couldn't understand why the plants were moving in on us. They had been fighting ever since I was a child. Then when I got old enough I began to fight with them for . . . Is these plants causing the cancer, and the asthma, and the kidney failure? And then of course we all realized that they were bringing jobs. Every time we found out about industry it was always an undercover thing. They went and took some older person off aside and offered them some money for their land, and the older people didn't understand what they were doing and the people . . . God forgive me, that's just what white folks did. If they take a black person with . . . Uneducated, didn't know nothing about business, and they took for granted . . . They took them for granted on their ignorance about buying out stuff. So a lot of our older people sold land to industries not understanding what they were doing. All they know is that back then the money was hard to get. And somebody come along and offer you some money that you had, they was quick to sell the property.
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