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Mr. Beatty's Work Life


    Mr. Beatty's brother-in-law, Wilford Lowery, calls him the "72-Hour Man" because he is always doing something. It is as if he has 72 hours in a day to get things done. From running a lounge to inspecting the welding at a nuclear power plant, Mr. Beatty has done quite a bit of work over the years. After leaving the service he jumped right into the work force to support his wife and two kids. Here is a brief timeline of the many jobs Mr. Beatty has held over the years.

  • Mr. Beatty's first job was for the Stein-Hall Chemical Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was employed as a "helper" and spent much of his time around very dangerous chemicals . Though he did not enjoy the job very much, he worked for Stein-Hall for a full year.

 

  • His second job was for Consolidated Diesel. He was a welder for three years and aided the building of Amphibious Vehicles en route to Vietnam.

 

  • After Consolidated Diesel, Mr. Beatty went to work for Duke Power for 30 years. He began working as an aid to the welders and eventually  became a welder himself. He welded for a few years but his last position was as a weld inspector. He felt as though he received lots of training and learned a lot but he got tired of working for others. He was also probably a little tired because, during the last decade of working for Duke Power, Mr. Beatty was also working part time at Raeford's Barber Shop in Davidson. He retired from Duke Power in December of 2002. Here is a picture of Mr. Beatty with his Quality Control Crew from Duke Power. Mr. Beatty is pictured in the last row on the far left.

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Beatty

  • Mr. Beatty owned and operated his own lounge, the Rainbow Lounge in Huntersville, North Carolina. He  gave many people a good place to dance and enjoy themselves.  He recalls many an evening when the lounge was filled wall to wall with happy patrons. Although he knew he offered the African -American Community a lounge of their own, Mr. Beatty felt the stress of running such an establishment and decided to close it down.  Here is a photo of Mr. Beatty, his cousin James D. Beatty, and his friend Tollis Johnson (from right) sitting at the bar of the Rainbow Lounge.

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Beatty

  • When he retired from Duke, Mr. Beatty renovated the Rainbow Lounge and transformed it into Beatty's Barber Shop and Salon.



     Photo Courtesy of Mr. Beatty

    Click on the play button below to see a slideshow of the festivities that took place on the Grand Opening of Beatty's Barber Shop and Beauty Salon.

  Music courtesy of Rhino Records and photos courtesy of Mr. Beatty.

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The text, video, audio, and website are the result of interviews conducted by Mihir Desai,
Davidson College Class of 2004, in the Fall of 2003.

© 2003 Kristi S. Multhaup, Ph.D. | Davidson College | Davidson, NC 28035 | Phone: 704.894.2008
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