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.

 

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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.]