In Her Footsteps: Mother Jones | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

In Her Footsteps: Mother Jones



May 25, 2021
6:30 pm

Illinois State Museum
502 S Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-7386

Free with registration


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Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, overcame great adversity in her own life in order to fight for the rights of the working class. An Irish immigrant who suffered the tragic loss of her family and then her business, organized strikes and demonstrations across the country and was a co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World. She eventually became known as “the most dangerous woman in America.” She stood in solidarity with laborers even in death choosing to be buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois. Miners from across the country raised funds to erect a monument in her honor which stands there today.
Speaker to be announced.

Registration is required at http://bit.ly/IHFMotherJones. The event is free.

When it comes to women from Illinois history, you might recognize a name but not be able to remember her whole story, or even why she was well known. You might not even know that a name you know has connections to Illinois. The “In Her Footsteps” series, invites you to learn more about four well-known Illinois women, their achievements, and their connections to Illinois. The women in this series will be featured on the In Her Footsteps website which will be launched in May of 2021 by the Illinois State Museum. The site will feature women from across the state, encouraging Illinoisans to learn more about women’s history in their region and perhaps travel, virtually or in person, to learn more about their stories.