Inner Harbor Lofts- Historical Marker
The Inner Harbor Lofts, built between 1886 and 1905, once housed multiple industries, including a straw hat company, a manufacturer of sleepwear, and a lithographer. These companies were MS Levy, E. Rosenfield and Company, and Isaac Friedenwald and Company, respectively. Today, the building houses apartments.
Backstory and Context
Interestingly, employment at mills led to women from these rural areas becoming involved with the reform movements of the antebellum era, such as the labor protests. Circa 1850, female mill workers formed the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association, calling for restrictions concerning hours of labor. Some women involved in these movements also began opposing black slavery as they viewed it similarly to wage slavery. Also, some of these women began participating in women's rights conventions following the first one held in Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848. The variety of reforms that mill women participated in, including anti-slavery, moral reform, peace, labor reform, prison reform, and women's rights, is a testament to the opportunity working outside of the home granted women in terms of participating in broader social reform.