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Abraham Moses (1889-1985) migrated from Seale, Alabama, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1916. In his 1980 interview, Moses talked about his jobs handling cotton and rosin on the docks of Mobile, Alabama and working in general cargo on the Philadelphia waterfront. In Philadelphia, Moses also joined the International Workers of the World (IWW), and then, in 1922, helped found the local charter of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). Moses continued to work on the Philadelphia waterfront for the next 30 years, retiring in 1957.