Mother Jones Monument rededication set for June 20

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THE MOTHER JONES MONUMENT at Union Miners Cemetery in Mt. Olive, IL. – Labor Heritage Foundation photo

Mt. Olive, IL – The renovated Mother Jones Monument will be rededicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 as part of the 150th anniversary of the city of Mt. Olive.

The event will include music, refreshments and speakers including state Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

RESTORATION

The restoration effort began in 2013 – collecting $68,000 in donations and a state tourism grant of $43,000 for repairs and improvements.

The Union Miners Perpetual Care Association is continuing to solicit donations for the effort. Anyone who gives $500 or more by June 20 will be recognized on a plaque at the monument, and all donations will be noted in the rededication program booklet.

Donations can be sent to Mother Jones Monument Fund, Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL, 62701.

MUSEUM

Meanwhile, work continues on a new city hall in Mt. Olive that will include a Mother Jones museum to help tell the story of the famous labor leader of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

For more information, contact Amy Rueff of the Illinois AFL-CIO at (217) 492-2633 or Amy.Rueff@ilafl-cio.org.

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