Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930) was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She helped coordinate major strikes and cofounded the Industrial Workers of the World. After her husband and four children died of Yellow Fever and her workshop was destroyed in a fire in 1871, she began working as an organizer for the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers union. From 1897, at around 60 years of age, she was known as Mother Jones. In 1902 she was called “the most dangerous woman in America” for her success in organizing mine workers and their families against the mine owners. In 1903, upset about the lax enforcement of the child labor laws in the Pennsylvania mines and silk mills, she organized a Children’s March from Philadelphia to the summer home of then president Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York.
A one-woman tour-de-force featuring Robbin Joyce in the role of Mother Jones; directed by Barbara Guertin.
April 7 & 8 at the Worcester Historical Museum.