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Photo: Ed Westcott. Billboards across the town reminded the residents of Oak Bridge to stay tight-lipped and motivated for the job at hand? even if they didn?t understand what they were doing it for.

Photo: Ed Westcott.
Billboards across the town reminded the residents of Oak Bridge to stay tight-lipped and motivated for the job at hand? even if they didn?t understand what they were doing it for.

Oak Ridge Confidential

Cautionary billboards were posted all throughout town warning residents to never speak about their work. Some billboards also had a little extra motivation for people, who did not understand what they were doing it for.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work at Oak Ridge, the entire town was fenced in with armed guards and the entire place was a secret of the highest concern.

Before the fight to win women equal footing in the workplace, there was the fight against Hitler and Hirohito. In the depths of World War II, everyone in America had to pitch in, men and women alike. And in 1943 the government offered war jobs, lots of them, in a town called Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Where is it on a map? What do they do there? What will I do there? The government didn’t give any answers to those questions ? and still the recruits, many of them young women, streamed in.

The one thing they did know was that the work they were going to do there was going to help end the war.

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