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February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "'We give them houses to live in.' About 50 persons housed in this miserable row of dilapidated shacks located on an old shell-pile and partly surrounded by a tidal marsh. Maggioni Canning Co." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.