"The children and families depicted in the child labor photographs of Lewis Hine were unwittingly caught in the act of making history, but we know almost nothing about them. The pictures were taken for a noble purpose, but a century later, they have become an enormous photo album of the American Family. By finding out what happened to some of them, and by revealing the photos to their descendants (most descendants are unaware of them), we are dignifying their lives, and the lives of everyone that history has forgotten". ~ Joe Manning


To enhance our commemoration of the centennial of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in 2012, Joe Manning pieced together the lifetimes of ten children -- all subjects of 1911 Lewis Hine photographs taken in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Through detailed interviews with their extended families, Manning acquired many photographs and personal stories that bring Hine’s 1911 subjects to life. 

We invite you into their lives below.