Harry Leo Hudson Sr. (Hap) Manuscript, Don't stand behind the fan (Jet that is)
Hudson, Harry L. (1925-2003)
SubjectAfrican Americans -- Georgia -- Social conditions -- 20th century.; Discrimination in employment -- Georgia -- History -- 20th century.; Hudson, Harry L. (1925-2003); United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.; African Americans -- Georgia -- Biography.; African American supervisors -- Georgia -- Biography.; Lockheed-Georgia Company -- Employees -- Biography.; Manuscripts.
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DescriptionA digital scan of the unpublished manuscript, Don't stand behind the fan (Jet that is) written by Henry Leo (Hap) Hudson Sr. The manuscript documents Mr. Hudson's experiences while working at Lockheed-Georgia from 1952 to 1988. He was the first African American supervisor and buyer at Lockheed-Georgia. The title comes from the process of testing the damage done to turbo and jet engines by objects flying into them during flight. Standing behind the fan would result in being splattered with the debris. The manuscript was published in 2015 with additional notes and illustrations by Dr. Randall Patton, Professor of History at Kennesaw State University as, Working for equality: The narrative of Harry Hudson.; Harry Leo Hudson Sr. was born on May 21, 1925. He received a bachelor of science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and served in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer during World War II. Mr. Hudson lived in Atlanta with his first wife, Edith, and six children, Harry, Michael, Ronald, Wayne, Albert, and Mark. He was recruited by Lockheed-Georgia in September 1952, as an assembler. In 1953, Hudson was made Leadman, which was the assistant to the supervisor. Later that year, he was promoted to a supervisor during the night shift, becoming the first African American at Lockheed-Georgia. By 1956, there were 4 or 5 African American supervisors at Lockheed-Georgia. The first crew was integrated in 1959. Hudson applied to the Materiel Dept. in 1961 and was hired as a buyer in September 1961. He was the first African American buyer at Lockheed-Georgia and helped to train the first female buyer. Mr. Hudson worked at several areas at Lockheed-Georgia during his tenure, retiring on January 31, 1988. He remarried to Jacqueline Hudson, with three stepchildren: Charles Margaret, Curtis Beverly, and William Jacqueline. Harry Leo Hudson died on August 23, 2003.
CitationDon't stand behind the fan (Jet that is), ca. 2003, Harry Leo Hudson Sr. (Hap) Manuscript, circa 2003, SC/H/003, Kennesaw State University Archives
RightsThe digital reproductions on this site are provided for research consultation and scholarly purposes only. To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format outside of fair use please contact the Kennesaw State University Archives.
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