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DEWAYNE PITTMAN07/04/2017
I started my Butler's Shoes Career in downtown Savannah, Ga. My Manager was William Singleton, cashier was the lovely Della Brown. I was a young cocky, scrappy young Savannah State/Armstong State College man with nothing but ambition to be the "Best" there was to be for Butler's Shoes. At the time, Ken Pittman (No Relation) was our District Manager. I finished my Manager Trainee Program and got my first store in the Tallahassee Mall, Tallahassee, Fl. I was so good there (double the sales 2 years straight) they move me to Selma Mall in Selma, Ala. I also double the Sales there in 2 years. Then Finally, I got my just Reward. They Rebuilt the Bulter's Shoes Store in the Greenbriar Mall, Atlanta, Ga and gave it to me to manage. The first 7 Months, my Sales were THROUGH THE ROOF!!! Then Finally, (after being with the company for 5 years 1981- 1986) the Cooporation wanted to meet me. It was 2 surprises discovered that day. One..Butler's Shoes discovered...I was a BLACK MAN. And two.. I found out that the only reason I had been Promoted to all of those different Stores, was NOT because I was great at what I was doing.... But for all of those years, from start to finish, they actually thought that my initial District Manager (Mr. Ken Pittman a white man) was my RELATIVE. Just like, at the time, Juan Watts (then the President of Butler's Shoes) Son was Jr. Watts was a Manager of a Store in Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, and I was "Blowing his Doors Off" in Sales. After that discovery, EVERYTHING went to Hell. Inventory came up missing, Sales were not counted or calculated properly. The Brand New "Porta-Verta" start acting up constantly. Nightly Deposites was dissappearing and reappearing after "Loss Prevention" had to get involved. As much as I Loved The Shoe Sales business back then and even though it was the 80s, there was STILL PREJUDICE in that company for NO REASON. Believe Me, I was NOT the only Black Manager that experience the PREJUDICE STING of BUTLER'S SHOES COOPERATION.
Rosanne Frieri06/19/2017
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Linda Moore02/16/2017
I would like to share a little information about hospitals in Rocky Mount, NC. Rocky Mount Sanitarium Hospital was located 144 Coastline Street in Rocky Mount, NC (Nash County). This hospital was near the Rocky Mount Train Depot. My son, Roy Benjamin Moore (born February 16, 1976), and my daughter, Linda Renee Moore (born August 18, 1977) were born in Sanitarium Hospital. Rocky Mount had two other hospitals at the time. One was Park View Hospital which was located in Nash County, NC. The Park View Hospital also had a nursing school (Park View School of Nursing) located across the street from the hospital. Park View Hospital address was 404 Falls Road (located Nash County). Thompson Pharmacy was located beside of the nursing school. Patty C. Collins wrote a book entitled The History of Park View Hospital and Park View School of Nursing. I found the book to be very informative. Memorial Hospital was located 224 Rose Street in Rocky Mount, NC which was on the Edgecombe County side of the railroad tracks. The railroad track through Rocky Mount serves as the dividing line between Edgecombe County and Nash County NC. In fact, I was born at the Memorial Hospital in 1954. I have siblings born at the Memorial Hospital in 1948, 1951, 1961 and 1963. Dr. M. L. Stone was my family's doctor. The old Memorial Hospital building is still standing and appears to be in reasonable shape from the outside. I don't remember the year that Park View Hospital was torn down, but I do know that The Braswell Memorial Library was built on that site. The address of the library is 727 N. Grace Street in Rocky Mount. The library does, however, have an entrance on the Falls Road side of this wonderful library. When Rocky Mount Sanitarium Hospital closed, a new hospital, Community Hospital, was built near Hunter Hill Road and Country Club Drive in Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC. (Note: I think this hospital now goes by the name LifeCare.) Doctors Bob Kornegay and Lemuel Kornegay, had offices at Community Hospital after Rocky Mount Sanitarium closed, Rocky Mount also had another hospital known as the Atlantic Coastline Hospital which was located 1320 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC. My paternal grandfather, John Ceaton Sawyer was a machinist and worked for the railroad's Emerson Shops which was located on Arlington Street Ext in Rocky Mount, NC. Grandpa Sawyer died in 1939 at the Coastline Hospital. I'm not sure what year the Coastline Hospital closed.
Elizabeth Batson Krajnik02/14/2017
William Wright02/05/2017