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.