Hyman Llewellyn Battle was born in Rocky Mount, in Nash County in 1896. Following service in the United States Army from 1916 – 1918, he was employed by Rocky Mount Mills from 1919 until his death in 1972, serving as General Manager, Treasurer, President and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Battle led Rocky Mount’s oldest industrial complex as it increased its significance to this area in the first half of the 20th century. Mr. Battle’s legacy lies in his interest in labor relations and his relationship with employees, which avoided the labor unrest & disruptions occurring in other parts of the southern textile industry. Mr. Battle testified in Congress in favor of the Minimum Wage Act, a position that was contrary to many in the textile industry.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2007