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Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. From the records of the United States National Child Labor Committee.

Date created
October 1912
Concord, North Carolina
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Mill town housing at Cannon Mills in Concord, N.C.

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This photograph of mill town housing in Concord, North Carolina shows the conditions that workers for the Cannon textile mill lived in. The clapboard houses are very small and sit in the shadow of the mill with its smokestacks billowing dark smoke. The yards around the house are unkempt with scruffy patches of weeds. The photographer, Lewis Wickes Hine, said that he took this picture to contrast with the homes and gardens sometimes shown from the ’show mills’ of the state.”