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Earlene Wilson

“My husband used to say, that if he didn’t have to sleep on cotton, he wouldn’t even buy it,” recalls Earlene Wilson. Wilson started working in the cotton fields at nine years old in Texas. In 1952 Earlene moved to Chandler not to pick cotton, but to take care of her grandmother. She came by train with three of her children. Wilson came to a thriving Black community of farmers and cotton pickers but when she stepped off that train if she had her fare she would have turned and gone right back to Texas. “Chandler was one dirt road and hot.”