Sunday, May 28, 2023


International Mother Jones Festival

Event date: 4/30/2023 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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International Mother Jones Festival

... “as long as the spark of liberty glows in men's breasts this place where her mortal remains are finally laid to rest, will be a shrine to which all lovers of justice and right and liberty will ever turn for hope and encouragement.”
--Fr. Maguire, 12/8/1930

Union Miners Cemetery, 12 PM–1:30 PM

Join us as we commemorate Mother Jones Funeral with a reading of the magnificent eulogy written and delivered on December 8, 1930 by Father Robert Maguire, President of St. Viator College, fellow Irish immigrant and good friend of Mary Harris Jones, followed by classic labor songs, and tributes from the Irish Consul General at Chicago, and labor leaders from around America.

  • Speakers include Brother Jerome Lewnard of the Viatorians, who will read the eulogy, Irish Consul Kevin Byrne, Tim Drea, president of the Illinois AFL/CIO.
  • Music by Wildflower Conspiracy

Mother Jones Museum, 1:30 PM–4 PM

The celebration continues with great food, music, children's programs, museum tours, Mother Jones and General Bradley actors, tribute to local heroes, Elmer Milcic and his grandparents Matt and Anna Yurkovich.

  • Traditional and new labor songs performed by Wildflower Conspiracy, Nick Krumweide, Casting Runes, and Kelley Hatlee.
  • Food from Fema catering Benld and traditional cabbage rolls by Melinda Zippay.
  • Mother Jones Hellraiser coffee, a special blend from Kazoo Coffee Roasters, will be for sale.
  • Macoupin Art Collective staff will present children's activities at their Art Bus.
  • Magician Randy Thompson will perform.
  • Actor Loretta Williams will present Mother Jones' story and read the March of the Mill Children.
  • Dale Hawkins will portray General Bradley, hero of the great Battle of Virden.
  • Local Boy Scouts will have lemonade for sale.
  • Friends of the Mother Jones Museum will have commemorative and souvenir items for sale, including travel mugs, tee shirts, books, and magnets.
  • Admission is free to all events. The food, coffee and souvenirs are for sale.

For more information call 618-659-8759

Union Miners Cemetery
Mt. Olive, IL 62069 (Map)

Mother Jones Museum 
215 East Main Street
Mt. Olive, IL 62069 (Map)





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