In 1938, construction was completed on a paper mill located on a reef in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's panhandle coast. The opening of St. Joe Paper Company was a reflection of the expansion that the American paper industry made into the South in the 1930. The decade saw the establishment of many major paper mills in the region, including several International Paper Company mills and the opening of the huge Union Bag mill in Savannah, Georgia. Much of the expansion took place in northern Florida. Headed by the establishment of a large mill by International Paper Company at Panama City, paper mills arose throughout northern Florida, stretching from St. Regis Paper Company in Pensacola to several mills in the Jacksonville area.
Minchin, Timothy J.
""There were two job in St. Joe Paper Company, white job and a black job": The Struggle for Civil Rights in a North Florida Paper Mill Community, 1938-1990,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 78:
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