The Child Workers of Roanoke Cotton Mills 1911

I would like to wish all of my readers a Happy Labor Day! Whether you are spending the day with your family, taking a day motorcycle trip like my husband with his friends in Christian Motorcyclists Association or sitting at your computer desk catching up on your writing, I hope you enjoy your day and remember those who have gone before us. Those parents and grandparents who worked long, hard hours without adequate pay, in terrible conditions and those who gave up a bright future by working instead of getting an education because their family needed them to work in order to survive. This is who Labor Day is truly for. To all of you hard workers, thank you!

Katherine H. Purdy

Katherine H. Purdy

These children are examples of workers who deserved Labor Day.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;”

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Faces of workers in need of help. This is who I think of on Labor Day.

When I see the pictures of young children who worked 12 hours a day, six days a week at the Roanoke Cotton Mills in Roanoke, Virginia it makes me sad for their lost childhood. On our Facebook History group, had quite a debate.

Take a good look at the faces of these precious, brave children.  See how young they were. Notice the barefoot boys? Shoes hindered their job of climbing on the machines so they had to work without shoes. I cringe to think of the dangers involved.  But they worked because they had to.

They didn’t take their pay to the local candy store, the soda…

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