Mother Jones

Illinois Coal Museum

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Almost everywhere you look in central Illinois you will find the story of coal. Whether you are talking the story of mine production or the story of mine strikes or worker history, there are a million stories to tell. The Illinois Coal Museum in Gillespie, Illinois shares some of these stories in their building on […]

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Mother Jones, a legend in our backyard

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Right in the midst of central Illinois is the history of a firebrand woman that changed the history of labor.    Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, was a Scottish immigrant that came to Canada with her family during a famine.  Born in 1830, she died 100 years later and was buried in […]

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