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Hillman-Bessie-2 - still image

Hillman-Bessie-2 - still image

She bragged, "I was Bessie Abramowitz before he was Sidney Hillman," but her early union activism did not keep her from marrying the soon-to-be-famous labor leader in 1916. They announced their engagement by publicly heading the clothing workers' contingent in the Chicago May Day parade. They are shown here in 1922, with their daughters, Selma, left, and Philoine.

Institution: Philoine Fried

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