Mother Jones Museum hosts May Day event
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The Mother Jones Museum will host its second annual May Day event Saturday, April 29, in honor of the 180th birthday of agitator and union organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.
May Day became Mother Jones’ chosen birthday (her actual birthday is unknown) to represent her rebirth in the labor movement. She became known as “The Most Dangerous Woman in America,” fighting for an eight-hour workday, against child labor and for fair pay for hard work.
The event will being with a wreath-laying ceremony at her gravesite monument at 10 a.m. Free tours of the museum, where new exhibits describe her life and legacy, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a fundraising lunch will be held at Tilley’s, just past the museum. Attendees will also have an opportunity to view Blood on the Mountain, an award-winning documentary on the 150-year history of the U.S. coal industry. The film’s director, Mari-lynn Evans, will be on hand.
The museum is located at 215 East Main Street.