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Mother Jones Heritage Project

Mother Jones Monument/Union Miners Cemetery

Learn about "the most dangerous woman in America," and why she chose this as her final resting place. Copyright Rosemary Feurer/Mother Jones Heritage Project Mary Harris Jones (1837-1930) was an Irish immigrant who endured great personal loss and tragedies. But through organizing in the labor and socialist movement, she became a beloved folk heroine, a figure of legend and lore. When a Congressman asked her address, she replied, "My home is where the workers are fighting injustice." She had no home, and instead traveled across the country, wherever there was a struggle. Jones chose Union Miners Cemetery as her final resting place because miners in this area had commemorated the role of the ordinary worker in changing history. She wanted to send a message for the ages to come: Those who others deemed undeserving could rise up and take power, and define their futures. This is a unique place in the history of the labor movement; it was the only union-owned cemetery in the country. This is a place with a monument to Mother Jones, but it also evokes the power and potential of the labor movement. It is a place of reflection and remembering, of thinking of the labor movement’s roots. It is a shrine not only to Jones but to the connection between human rights and labor rights, a place where people wonder when and why labor lost power. Monument photo art credit: Bob Moffit

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