A century ago, coal miners in southern Colorado went on strike to demand better working conditions. In response, their employer forced thousands of miners and their families out of company-owned homes; they moved to tent cities set up by the workers' union. Tensions grew, leading to a lot of violence and, eventually, the infamous Ludlow Massacre, when the tent city was torched.
A new exhibit helps us understand what the miners and their families went through. It's called the "Children of Ludlow: Life in a Battle Zone," at the El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Colo., and it's part of the Ludlow Centennial Commemoration. Ryan Warner speaks with one of the exhibit’s creators, Dawn DiPrince.
Photo 1: The workers' union featured children—not their striking parents—as the face of the strike in Ludlow. Courtesy Denver Public Library.
Photo 2: View of the Ludlow Tent Colony, 1914. Courtesy History Colorado.
Photo 3: Ten children and two mothers suffocate in a cellar similar to this one, when the tent colony at Ludlow was torched on April 20, 1914. Courtesy History Colorado.
Photo 4: Striking miners show their willingness to defend their rights and families in this photo, taken after the massacre. Courtesy History Colorado.]