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Built in 1882 as a cotton mill and converted for cigar making 20 years later, the massive brick building on East Bay Street that’s currently being developed into offices and shops is also a landmark of the Civil Rights movement. Local records show the song “We Shall Overcome” was first used in protest here during a strike by American Tobacco Company workers. 

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Built in 1882 as a cotton mill and converted for cigar making 20 years later, the massive brick building on East Bay Street that’s currently being developed into offices and shops is also a landmark of the Civil Rights movement. Local records show the song “We Shall Overcome” was first used in protest here during a strike by American Tobacco Company workers.