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Shorpy Higginbotham

Henry Sharpe Higginbotham, better known as Shorpy Higginbotham ( November 23, 1896 — January 25, 1928)[1] 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 him as a boy 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]

Shorpy Higginbotham
Henry Sharpe Higginbotham

November 23, 1986
Jefferson County, Alabama
DiedJanuary 25, 1928
OccupationCoal mine laborer


  1. ^ a b c Dave. "Shorpy Higginbotham". Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  2. ^ Manning, Joe. "Henry Sharp Higginbotham". Mornings on Maple Street. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. 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.