A century ago, Lewis Hine documented with his camera violations of child labor laws at textile mills in Gastonia, North Carolina. Robert Allen is trying to find descendants of the kids depicted in Hine's photographs in hopes of organizing a reunion in November 2008.
J.M. Merrill of Goldsboro had never seen the photo of his father, Rush Merrill, before.
Merrill said his father talked about working in the mill when he was so young he stood on a box to reach the machine.
"It's unreal that picture is in the Library of Congress," he said. "An old cotton mill man who only went to the third grade." [Link]