Next time you’re in Mt. Olive, Illinois, be sure to check out the new Mother Jones Museum. The museum’s website includes the local connection to Jones, who came to the Washington D.C. area often. She not only had friends who took care of her in the final days of her life but came to D.C. with the army of the unemployed in 1894, returned in 1897 with petitions to President McKinley and refused to leave until he saw her. After 1907, she testified before Congress and met with Presidents, advocating the release of labor’s prisoners or Mexican Revolutionists. Also noted is the annual May 1 wreath-laying at the Mother Jones Marker, a yearly event that’s part of the DC Labor Fest. Click here for more details.
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