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Historical company to celebrate the local textile industry | Local news

By on January 11, 2022 0

Will Pannill will be the special speaker at a Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society’s celebration of the local textile industry this Sunday.

The program will take place at 3 p.m. at the Old Henry County Courthouse in downtown Martinsville.

Pannill is the grandson of William Letcher Pannill, who sealed his place as a pioneer in the Martinsville textile industry when he opened the Pannill Knitting Company in 1925, according to a press release.

The local textile maker was the first factory in the South to knit cotton textiles rather than spinning yarn or weaving fabrics.

“Our status as the ‘sweatshirt capital of the world’ has not been determined or defined by city or county boundaries,” Historical Society president John Phillips said in the statement. “If not for one afternoon, let’s come together in one community for Founders Day to celebrate our textile heritage. The slogan “the fabric of our life” could certainly be the mantra of our community. “

Former employees of many textile companies are invited to attend and will be rewarded. Participants are also encouraged to bring in company products and memorabilia.

Bill Wyatt is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. He can be reached at 276-638-8801, ext. 2360. Follow him @billdwyatt.