1882 to 1971, Birmingham's Sloss Furnaces transformed coal and ore
from surrounding acres into the hard steel that would pave the way
for the industrial revolution.
From skyscrapers in New York's glittering skyline
to automobiles being built in Detroit, America came to rely on Birmingham
and Sloss Furnaces for providing materials needed to produce thousands
grew to a metropolis almost overnight, earning it the nickname of "The
But as with all progress, a price was paid..in the
currency of blood.