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The United Mine Workers of America was founded 120 years ago, on January 22, 1890, in Columbus, Ohio.
This example of a United Mine Workers of America union badge from Local 125, Mount Olive, Illinois, is courtesy of Mining and Mother Jones in Mount Olive digital collection. The badge features a celluloid bar at the top, with the UMW logo of clasped hands and the date of April 1st, 1898, advocating the 8-hour work day.

United Mine Workers of America badge (1898)

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May Day, which in the 20th century became the International Workers’ Day, or Labor Day, is celebrated on May 1st. May 1st is also a birthday of a famous American labor leader Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1830?-1930).
The Opening History aggregation includes a number of digital collections about labor movement history; one of them is Mining and Mother Jones in Mount Olive collection.
The image below, courtesy of Mount Olive Public Library, Mining and Mother Jones in Mount Olive collection (part of Illinois Digital Archives) is a 1930 newspaper article about Mother Jones’ 100th birthday celebration which took place in Maryland.

Mother Jones' 100th birthday

Mother Jones' 100th birthday


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