Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1830 - - - - - - 1930
Field Organizer, United Mine Workers of America
“The most dangerous woman in America”
A teacher and seamstress, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones began her crusade for workers’ rights with the Knights of Labor in the 1870's.
The United Mine Workers of America’s first woman Organizer, she was a key figure in historic UMWA strikes from Pennsylvania to Western Canada. She on occasion was joined by Eugene Debs in support of striking miners and their families.
Mother Jones was as beloved by working people as she was reviled by big business, which branded her, “The most dangerous woman in America.”
An active organizer well into her 80's, Mother Jones’ 1930 Memorial Service drew more than 15,000 mourners.
Erected 1990 by United Mine Workers of America (Assisted by Southern Indiana Daughters of Mother Jones).
Location. 39° 28.316′ N, 87° 24.314′ W. Marker is in Terre Haute, Indiana, in Vigo County. Marker can be reached from North 8th Street south of Spruce Street. Touch for map. Located in back-yard of Eugene Debs home (museum). Can be reached by a back access drive from
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sidney Hillman (here, next to this marker); Patrick E. Gorman (here, next to this marker); Philip Murray (here, next to this marker); Charles Luna (here, next to this marker); William D. "Big Bill" Haywood (here, next to this marker); Michael J. Quill (here, next to this marker); Samuel Gompers (here, next to this marker); Walter Philip Reuther (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terre Haute.
Also see . . .
1. Photos and Article (Courtesy of "My Hero Project") ::. (Submitted on August 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Leaders of Industrial Unionism ::. (Submitted on August 26, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • Labor Unions • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 4. submitted on August 16, 2012.