She Died for Our Convenience
A choral haunting at paragon mill
We are surrounded by ghosts. We hear their stories through the objects, buildings, and traditions they’ve left behind. She Died for Our Convenience was a one-night-only choral haunting concerning the women who worked from 1898-1960 in the textile mill at the Earnscliffe Woolen Mill/Paragon Worsted Co. on Manton Ave in the Olneyville neighborhood in Providence, RI.
On the evening of May 4, 2019 we encountered a large community chorus, led by Chrissy Wolpert, singing melodies dedicated to the women at the very place they labored. We endeavored to sing the songs to unsung labor, while remembering that we are all but tomorrow’s ghosts.
Video by Andy Russ
Photos by Maxwell Snyder
Ronald Kevin Lewis, Hernan Jourdan,Tally Murphy, Rebecca Noon, Tyra Wilson
Thanks to Rhode Island College for support
Developed as part of the Providence Preservation Society’s Sites & Stories Explored initiative
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.