Mother Jones monument in Illinois to be restored

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 2:02 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Union workers are chipping in to give a makeover to a monument for firebrand labor activist Mother Jones.

The effort comes more than 80 years s after their predecessors and school kids scrimped pennies during the Great Depression to build the towering structure at her Illinois gravesite.

Local politicians joined labor leaders Tuesday in a union-owned Mount Olive cemetery northeast of St. Louis to announce that a drive led by the AFL-CIO. Donors from more than 100 different union groups come from 17 states.

Dedicated six years after her death at the age of 100, the 80-ton Minnesota granite obelisk honors the woman who was born Mary Harris Jones. The white-haired, 5-foot-tall former seamstress was in the thick of some of the nation's most venomous labor disputes.

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