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Mack Coad


Mack Coad

Coad, Mack. b. October 26, 1894 (1886), Blackstock, South Carolina; African American; Single; Crane Operator, Train Fireman, Driver and Union organizer; CP 1929, Attended Lennin School; received passport# 468859 (458859) on July 10, 1937 which listed his address as 514 E. 2nd Street, Charlotte, North Carolina; return address 635 Frest Street, Charlotte, North Carolina; Sailed October 2, 1937 aboard the Georgic; Arrived in Spain on October 21 (15), 1937; Served with the XV BDE, OTS graduated January 1938, attached to the BDE MG Co. on March 11, 1938, transferred to Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 4 (MG Co.) on March 15, 1938;  In April was in Co. 2; Served at Retreats, Ebro Offensive, WIA August 1, 1938 on Hill 481, severe wound to right eye, remainder of the war spent in the hospital; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; WWII civilian; d. May 1967.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, RA, Ancestry.

Photograph: Corporal Mack Coad, Company 2, MacKenzie-Papineau, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0212. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Mack Coad was born in Blackstock, South Carolina on October 26, 1894. As a young adult he worked as a railroad fireman and crane operator. He lost his railroad position at the onset of the Great Depression. In 1929, after attending a meeting of a Communist led unemployed group, Coad joined the CPUSA. Because of his leadership capabilities, Coad was selected to be a student at the Lenin School in the Soviet Union. In 1931, after his return to the United States, Coad was assigned as a union leader in the South. He worked with steelworkers in Birmingham, was an organizer of the Alabama Sharecropper's Union, and was also active in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Coad departed for Europe aboard the Georgic on October 2, 1937. In Spain Coad rose to the rank to Corporal. Severely wounded in the right eye during an attack on Hill 481 outside of Gandesa on August 1, 1938, during the Ebro Offensive, Coad spent the rest of the war in the hospital, rejoining the Battalion at Ripoll for repatriation. Coad returned from Spain aboard the Paris on December 15, 1938. In an interview in the Daily Worker of February 11, 1939, Coad recalled that he volunteered "to help wake the Negro up on the international field." Coad died in May 1967 as a result of a mining accident. ~ Chris Brooks




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Mack Coad: Company 2, Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion. May 1938. (ALBA Collection).

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