Dangerous Women: Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and Frances “Fanny” Sellins exhibit at the Carnegie Room, St. Louis Public Library.
The exhibit calls for a historical marker at the site of 13th & Washington to honor Sellins, who was murdered by enemies of the labor movement.
The exhibit is looking for a new home in 2023.
This new exhibit opened on July 5, and so far, the response to it has been fabulous. The exhibit was funded in part by an Emigrant Support Grant from the Government of Ireland. I want to thank the Chicago Consulate for this support. At NIU, I worked with brilliant undergraduate Emma Flynn Barton-Norris, who was funded by a Student Engagement Fund grant by NIU.
The staff of the library is working with us for some programming. We'll update on this site when we have those dates ready to announce.
The folks at OC Creates (OCCreates.com) have been wonderful to work with on the graphic design, including posters that we were invited to add to the exhibit at the last minute. Leslie Latimer created this and was a dream to work with. OC Creative's Brian Oster gave us a huge in-kind donation for their work as well and the entire staff cared about the project. We can't thank them enough for their hard work and innovative contribution.
We commissioned two works of art for this project from the funds from the grant, one by Kathleen Scarboro-- the centerpiece mural. I worked initially with Kathleen Farrell and Kathleen Scarboro but Scarboro initiated this work. The colors in the piece are embedded in the exhibit board as well.
We've posted previously about Lindsay Hand's work for this exhibit, and it's great to pair her portrait of Fannie Sellins with the 2017 Mother Jones painting that was originally commissioned for the Mt. Olive museum, but is now part of this exhibit. At the last minute, project friend Jim Schoppman came through with a frame for this new Sellins portrait.
It's been great working with the staff of the St. Louis Public Library. Cathy Heimberger and Barbara Higgins facilitiated and installed this exhibit, paying for the production of most of the exhibit boards.
Here is a sneak peak at the exhibit:
The Intro Board: