Watts Museum at WVU celebrates the birthday of “Mother Jones”


The Royce J. And Caroline B. Watts Museum at WVU celebrated the birthday of Mary Harris also known as “Mother Jones.”

Mother Jones was a labor activist in various industries. She became well known for her work with coal miners in West Virginia and fighting child labor laws in Pennsylvania.

Her birthday was celebrated with cake at the Watts Museum. The museum also had exhibits illustrating the life of coal miners during that time.  

“We’re in a really important moment in labor organizing currently, and what better way to talk about the history of labor organizing then celebrating one of its heros.” said Eliza Newland, collections and programs manager at the museum. “She became very well known for fighting for workers rights in the mining industry in a era of unsafe working conditions.”

To learn more about Mother Jones, visit her website at http://www.motherjonesmuseum.org/

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