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Cotton Famine Flour Barrel


Due in part to interrupted cotton imports caused by the Civil War, the Lancashire Cotton Famine saw a depression of the textile industry in the area. In solidarity with the workers, the Union states sent a shipment of essential supplies – including 15,000 barrels of flour – to Lancashire on the relief ship George Griswold. One of the flour barrels was preserved as a monument and is currently on display at Touchstones Rochdale. The barrel is inscribed with a message commemorating the events.

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