Mining and Mother Jones in Mount Olive

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Listed in Histories & Stories, Illinois, Photographs


“This small collection includes photographs of mines and mine workers from Mount Olive as well as some Mother Jones memorabilia-including the letter she wrote to the miners of Mount Olive, requesting that ‘I hope it will be my consolation when I pass away to feel I sleep under the clay with those brave boys.’ Mother Jones died on November 30, 1930 and is buried in the Union Miners Cemetery at Mount Olive, Illinois. Her grave is near that of ‘those brave boys,’ she referred to, the victims of the Virden mine riot of 1898.”

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