The children of Ella Mae Wiggins, a union supporter killed during the 1929 Gastonia, strike, stand beside their mother's grave on the day of her funeral. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
On June 7th, 1929, violence erupted in Gastonia, North Carolina, when Gastonia police chief Orville Aderholt visited a camp that the National Textile Workers Union (NTWU) had organized for workers on strike from Gastonia's Loray Mill. When the violence ended, Aderholt was dead and seventy-one people were detained for questioning. This month, Documenting the American South remembers the painful, contentious events of 1929 by highlighting materials from its collection which focus on issues of…
Accident to young cotton mill worker. Giles Edmund Newsom (Photo October 23rd, 1912), while working in Sanders Spinning Mill, Bessemer City, N.C., August 21st, 1912The aunt said "Now he's jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma an' then this happens and he can't never work no more like he oughter."
Group of workers going to work at A. In Spring Village Mill. In this group are Mamie La Barge, Elizabeth and Lumina Demarais, Als de Gauthier, Erena La Prise Location: Winchendon, Massachusetts. 1911 Photo by Lewis Hine
Mill worker, by Bishop Marshall, January 1940 for the Daily Herald. Dressed in overalls he stands barefoot at a large loom. One of a series taken to illustrate a Daily Herald feature story by Dudley Barker on workers in wartime.