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Shorpy Higginbotham

Henry Sharpe Higginbotham, better known as Shorpy Higginbotham ( November 23, 1896 — January 25, 1928) was a laborer in an Alabama coal mine in the early twentieth century. He served in World War I before returning to the mines, where he was killed by a falling rock in 1928.[1] Higginbotham was the subject of a series of photographs by Lewis Hine that showed the child working in the dangerous environment of a coal mine.[2][3] He is the namesake of the historical photography blog, where he has become a symbol of child labor in the United States.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Shorpy Higginbotham". Retrieved 25 December 2012. Shorpy -- Henry Sharpe Higginbotham -- was born November 23, 1896, in Jefferson County, Alabama, to Phelix Milton Higginbotham and the former Mary Jane Graham. He served in the armed forces during World War I. On Nov. 19, 1927, he married Flora Belle Quinton. On January 25 of the following year he died in a mine accident at the age of 31, crushed by a rock, and was buried in Jefferson County. He became a father, posthumously, when his widow bore his child in the summer of 1928.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ Manning, Joe. "Henry Sharp Higginbotham". Mornings on Maple Street. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Wayne Flynt (1989). Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites. University of Alabama Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-8173-0424-9. Retrieved 25 December 2012.