Cooper Pants, Area 5

The following film clips depict the absolute devastation in the area surrounding the Cooper Pants factory on the corner of West Broad and Maple Streets. Minutes after the tornado struck on April 6, 1936, the two-story building collapsed and immediately burst into flames trapping over half of the garment factory's 125 employees inside. Sixty employees, most of who were women and young girls, were unable to escape and perished tragically in the factory.

Film footage

Clip surveying the damage to the Cooper Pants Factory, Gainesville, Georgia, 1936 April 6
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Clip of men sorting through the rubble outside the Cooper Pants Factory, Gainesville, Georgia, 1936 April 6
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Photographs and postcards

Cooper Company building demolished [Piles of pants are visible as onlookers watch the Cooper Pants Factory be demolished], Hall County, Georgia Historical Photograph Collection (Hall County Library System)
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Gainesville Ga after tornado Apr 6-1936 [Men carry a corpse on a stretcher while walking down a pile of debris], Vanishing Georgia (Georgia Archives)
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Gainesville Ga after tornado Apr 6-1936 [Onlookers inspect the damage to the Cooper Pants Factory and the pants strewn over the rubble], Vanishing Georgia (Georgia Archives)
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Photograph of citizens viewing the damage and destruction caused by a tornado, Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia, 1936 Apr. 6, Vanishing Georgia (Georgia Archives)
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