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Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory: Photographs by Bill Bamberger

June 29, 1999 – January 9, 2000

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 3rd Floor, West Wing, Documentary Photo Gallery

See 57 photographs that chronicle the experiences of factory workers at the 111-year-old White Furniture Company in Mebane, N.C., before it closed in 1993. Bamberger captured the concentration and confidence of employees going about their work and their collective grief when their jobs ended.