BDC@ Bluffton Branch - Child Labor

Photographs can tell powerful stories. The BDC's Donner Collection includes images of children hard at work in the truck farming fields. Later, Lewis Hine took photographs of many child laborers throughout the United States in the 1900s -1920s, including child workers in the oyster packing plants in Port Royal, Lady's Island, and Bluffton. The power of images resulted in changes in the law affecting the employment of children in manufacturing, canneries and agriculture. Yet, child labor remains an issue today in many parts of the world - and it is a theme within the One County Reads One Country: Afghanistan project selection In The Sea There Are Crocodiles. Come learn about local child laborers during the free "History of Child Labor in Beaufort District" Presentation by Grace Cordial, BDC Manager Thurs., Sept. 13th 2:00 - 3:00 pm Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way Anyone over age 12 interested in this local history topic is encouraged to attend. * "One County Reads One Country: Afghanistan" has been made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded to the Beaufort County Library and administered by the South Carolina State Library.