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100+ year old photos reveal Tifton at turn of 20th century

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As the time for harvesting cotton in south Georgia approaches, a series of pictures more than 100 years old are going on display at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

The museum is showcasing pictures taken by Lewis Hine, taken in Tifton on January 22, 1909.

According to the college, Hine was a social reformer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who used his camera to document the conditions of the working class in factories and mills of both urban and rural areas.

Hine's research focused mainly on children working in the textile mills of northeastern states, but one of the most moving and remarkable stories revolves around a set of photographs he took at the H.H. Tift Cotton Mill in Tifton, depicting a mother and her nine children who worked at the mill.

The pictures will later be transformed into a portable museum exhibit, and tour Tift County schools this winter, before becoming a permanent exhibit at the ABAC Museum.

An opening reception for the Hine exhibit will be held at the Museum in the spring of 2014. The event will feature  lectures and workshops.

All of the opening events and workshops will be free to the entire community.

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