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Molly Maguire Executions

 
 
Molly Maguire Executions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 20, 2010
1. Molly Maguire Executions Marker
Inscription. On June 21, 1877, four "Molly Maguires," an alleged secret society of Irish mine-workers, were hanged here. Pinkerton detective James McParlan’s testimony led to convictions for violent crimes against the coal industry, yet the facts of the labor, class, and ethnic conflicts, even the existence of the organization, remain contested. Six others were hanged on this day at the county jail in Pottsville; ten more were executed in Pa. through 1879.
 
Erected 2006 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 51.821′ N, 75° 44.8′ W. Marker is in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway and High Street, on the right when traveling west on West Broadway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jim Thorpe PA 18229, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Mountain to Market (approx. half a mile away); Anthracite (approx. half a mile away); Carbon County (approx. half a mile away); The Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. half a mile away); The Self Made Man (approx.
Molly Maguire Executions Marker and old Carbon County Prison image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 20, 2010
2. Molly Maguire Executions Marker and old Carbon County Prison
half a mile away); Mauch Chunk Railroad Station (approx. half a mile away); Packer Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Jacob Weiss Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jim Thorpe.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. eHistory at OSU | Multimedia Histories: The overthrow of the Molly Maguires. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. “Molly Maguires” Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives. The actual existence of the Molly Maguires as a coordinated secret society or terrorist organization is still debated by historians. No one has ever produced a primary source document proving that the Molly Maguires existed as such. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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Old Carbon County Prison image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 20, 2010
3. Old Carbon County Prison
The Molly Maguire Executions Marker is out of view to the left. The Hibernian Memorial Plaque can be seen to the immediate left of the entrance.
Hibernian Memorial Plaque near the old prison entrance image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 20, 2010
4. Hibernian Memorial Plaque near the old prison entrance
In honor of our Hibernian brothers, leaders of the local Irish Catholic community and the fledgling labor movement.
Executed by hanging in this place as alleged members of the Molly Maquires
June 21, 1877 Alexander Campbell • John Donahue • Michael J. Doyle • Edward Kelly
March 18, 1878 Thomas P. Fisher
January 14, 1879 James McDonnel • Charles Sharp
and the 13 additional alleged Molly Maguires who were hanged in Bloomsberg, Pottsville, and Sunbury.
Your dedication to the improvement of working conditions in the coal mines and your work for your fellow man has earned you a place in history and our eternal gratitude.
Placed in their memory this 21st day of June, 1999 by their bothers in friendship, unity, and Christian charity.
The Alec Campbell, Mauch Chunk Division #1, Carbon County, the Pennsylvania State Board, the National Board, Ancient Ordre of Hibernians in America
May they rest in peace
Dedication marker above the entrance to the old Carbon County Prison image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 20, 2010
5. Dedication marker above the entrance to the old Carbon County Prison
Commissioners
Wm Wagner • John Bowman • B. F. Kleppinger
A.B. Nimson, Clerk
Erected A.D. 1869 and 70
Edward Havilland, Architect
Henry Bowman, Builder
 
 
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