On Saturday May 1st 2021, the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Irish Consulate in Chicago unveiled two beautiful portraits of Mother Jones. Commissioned by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and painted by artist Lindsay Hand, they represent a fitting tribute to this great Cork born woman, trade union and labour activist. This was … Continue reading Mother Jones Portraits Unveiled in Washington and Chicago.
Mother Jones claimed to be 100 years old on that day, however she was fact born at the end of July 1837. Photograph is courtesy of Saul Schniderman, former President of the Library of Congress Guild, AFSCME 2910, and editor of Friday's Labor Folklore. The photograph shows part of the large gathering of union leaders … Continue reading The Celebration of Mother Jones’ “Birthday” on 1st May 1930
Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, has been nominated by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden as Secretary of Labour. The news reports that Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Chicago since 2014, whose parents were from Co Galway, has been nominated by President elect Joe Biden to be his Secretary of Labour has been welcomed by the Cork Mother Jones … Continue reading Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Secretary of Labour nominee
90 years ago on Monday 8th December 1930 at 10am, Mother Jones was buried at the Union Cemetery, Mount Olive, Illinois. Earlier on Sunday afternoon Father John Maguire in his funeral oration at the funeral of Mother Jones. “Today in gorgeous mahogany furnished and carefully guarded offices in distant capitals, wealthy mine owners and capitalists are breathing sighs of … Continue reading The funeral of Mother Jones
Saul Schneiderman, (below alongside a Mother Jones marker), editor of Friday's Labor Folklore has sent us the following link to the story of Marjorie Mazia and Woody Guthrie. Marjorie and Woody were married in 1945 and had four children, Cathy Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Joady Guthrie and Nora Guthrie. Woody was one of America's greatest working … Continue reading The story of Marjorie Mazia and Woody Guthrie.
The Cork Mother Jones Committee received the following film from Saul Schniderman, the person who discovered the site of Mother Jones' death (1930) in Adelphi, Maryland. The Maryland Historic Trust has placed a marker there, on Powder Mill Road, before the Hillandale Baptist Church. The film shows the dedication of the Mary Harris "Mother Jones" … Continue reading Mother Jones Dedication -Film
Mother Jones visits Calumet, Michigan in August 1913. The Cork Mother Jones Committee is very grateful to Jeremiah Mason, Archivist of the National Parks Service, Lake Superior Collection Management Centre at Keweenaw National Historical Park at Calumet in Michigan for providing the Cork Mother Jones Committee with a collection of five photographs of Mother Jones. … Continue reading Mother Jones visits Calumet, Michigan in August 1913
Professor Elliott J. Gorn will tell the story of Emmett Till at the Firkin Crane Theatre on Saturday afternoon 3rd August at 3pm. Let the People See. 14 year old Emmett Till from Chicago visited some of his family in Mississippi in August 1955. He allegedly whistled at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant who was … Continue reading The Story of Emmett Till: Let the People See
On a steaming hot day on 7th July 1903, a raggle-taggle group of adults and children left a small union hall in Kensington, Philadelphia. Led by an elderly woman in a Victorian style dress, a parade of children and adults set out on the road towards Torresdale Park on the edge of the city and … Continue reading Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children
Mother Jones for the 2019 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parades. For the very first time, the Mother Jones Heritage Project committee has been invited to participate in the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parades. The Illinois based committee has commissioned a new Mother Jones Banner especially for the parade and this banner will include a reference … Continue reading Mother Jones for 2019 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parades