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Mother Jones Festival



The magazine that bears her name is published in San Francisco, but the earthly remains of "Mother" Mary Jones have rested in the tiny Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive since 1930--a connection the town finally got around to officially recognizing last year. The Mother Jones Festival piggybacks onto the town's annual homecoming celebration and includes labor history displays and less politicized events such as a 5K run and an arts and crafts fair. There will also be a graveside invocation on Sunday, which is a fine time to remember Mother Jones's famous exhortation to "pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living." Fri 6/23, 10 AM-10:30 PM, Sat 6/24, 8 AM-1 AM, Sun 6/25, 10 AM-11 PM, Mount Olive, Illinois, 217-246-7441 or Free.

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