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St. Louis Public Library
Dangerous Women exhibit -St. Louis July 5, 2022-Jan 7, 2023
They faced jail and death to challenge power on behalf of workers’ rights. Exhibit is open during St. Louis Pulbic library Carnegie Room hours-check slpl.org for hours before visiting.
Time & Location
Jul 05, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT – Jan 07, 2023, 7:00 PM CST
St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
About the Event
This is a free (no tickets required) exhibit entitled Dangerous Women: Mary Harris "Mother" Jones and Frances "Fannie" Sellins. At the Carnegie Room in the St. Louis Public Library from July 5, 2022 to January 6, 2023.
They were two women from Irish immigrant families who sought to build a multi-ethnic working class movement.
They faced jail and death to challenge power on behalf of workers’ rights. They wanted women to be at the heart of the movement to transform society.
In St. Louis women were among the most exploited workers, and industries grew wealthy on their labor.
Those with power inflamed divisions between men and women, immigrants and native workers, black and white, to increase profits and maintain the existing power structure.
Jones and Sellins were dangerous because they defied the police, the politicians, the bosses, the judges who told them to stay in their place. They sought to unify all workers across these divisions to build real power for a “grander civilization for the ages to come.
Their lives reflected the militant resistance that was part of the tradition and culture of St. Louis workers.
This exhibit tells their stories.
Fannie's story in St. Louis is revealed as never before told.
In August we will be issuing a booklet that will be available for visitors.
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