Mother Jones with Guy Miller (Miner’s Bulletin)
The Cork Mother Jones Committee has received the following photographs of Mother Jones during her visit to Northern Michigan during the Copper Country strike of 1913/14. She went north to the Great Lakes area to address a mass meeting of the union members and supporters. Mother Jones was 76 years old at the time.
The strike, organised by the Western Federation of Miners (WFM), is today best remembered for the Italian Hall Disaster on Christmas Eve 1913 when a false fire alarm at a miners function in a hall in Calumet, Michigan caused a crush and resulted in the deaths of 73 people, mainly children.
Woodie Guthrie’s song “1913 Massacre” tells the story of this disaster.
Mother Jones in Strikers Parade 1913
These photographs were supplied by the Michigan Technological University Archives and the Copper County Historical Collections. We wish to thank Lindsay Hiltunen, University Archivist of the Michigan Technological University.
Mining Strike (Michigan Technological University Archive
We acknowledge also the assistance of Jeremiah Mason Archivist of the Lake Superior Collection Management Centre in Calumet, Michigan. Thanks also to James Goltz of the Mount Olive museum.
The 7th Spirit of Mother Jones Festival & Summer School came to an end last evening (Saturday, 4th August) with a well-attended toast to Mother Jones at the plaque in her honour at John Redmond Street. The 2018 festival has been a tremendous success with capacity crowds at all our events and a combination of fabulous lectures, film and music.
We wish to thank all those who contributed to making the event such a success.
Here are some photos from Saturday’s events:
Micheline Sheehy Skeffington who gave a fascinating insight into the life and activism of her grandmother Hanna Sheehy Skeffington
William Hammond of the Cork Mother Jones Committee makes a presentation to Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
Frank Connolly who spoke about his new book NAMA-land
Frank Connolly after receiving presentation from Ann Piggott and Ann Rea of the Cork Mother Jones Committee.
Musician Mick Treacy with his daughter Jennifer
Ukelele band providing some of the music at the Butter market plaza
Loretta Williams as “Mother Jones” at the Mother Jones plaque
Rory McCarthy sings at the Mother Jones Plaque
Some of the crowd at the annual Toast to Mother Jones at the Mother Jones Plaque
Loretta Williams as Mother Jones with Ann Piggott of the Cork Mother Jones committee
Ladies in period costume at the Mother Jones Plaque