newberry sc

A child laborer in a mill in Newberry, SC in 1908.  Here is the description that goes with the photo: 

“A little spinner in the Mollohan Mills, Newberry, S.C. She was tending her ‘sides’ like a veteran, but after I took the photo, the overseer came up and said in an apologetic tone that was pathetic, 'She just happened in.’ Then a moment later he repeated the information. The mills appear to be full of youngsters that 'just happened in,’ or 'are helping sister.’”

Photo by Lewis H. HIne